‘Twas the week before Black Friday, when all through the house
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…”
Let me stop you right there.
Today is officially the last weekend before the
terrifying day we call Black Friday. While it may seem daunting to deal with rude human beings and huge discounts to pretty much everything, Black Friday doesn’t have to be that scary. Trust me on this.
With a national holiday like this, it can be quite easy to be unprepared. That’s why I’m sharing my personal go-to list to help you navigate through one of the most messiest days ever.
- Study Now, Sleep Later
Remember all the times when your teachers’ would tell you to study for an exam, but you were like nah? Just like those tests, this is one you should definitely study for if you’re going to go shopping next Friday.
It’s best to stay informed.
One of my favorite ways is to follow my favorite retailers/boutiques on social media. They tend to update their Facebook’s and Twitter’s with new information.
Not really a social media person? Save your mail and browse through them.
I personally like to cut out the items I’m interested in (keep the price tag, too!) and keep it in a safe location like an envelope. When I have free time, I’ll take them out and do some
soul-searching before narrowing it down some more.
- Be Selective
When shops are throwing everything in their store at you, it’s best to focus on what you need, not want. There are times where I’ve decided to randomly spurge on something I don’t need several days later. Here are some guidelines to follow:
– Do you already have something similar to this?
– Are you just getting this because it’s in/trendy?
– Can you afford this?
– Can you see yourself using this 5 years from now on?
- Compare, Compare, and Compare Some More
What may seem inexpensive at one store can be either:
1) much more affordable at another or 2) pricier.
Going back to Step 1, keep track of what you want to get while ensuring that you’re saving an extra buck or two.
- Say No to Overspending…
An extension of Step 3, do NOT spend too much on something that you can easily get elsewhere for cheap.
Stores will purposely try to grab your attention by promoting certain items in limited quantities.
The best way to overcome this
because ignoring it doesn’t always work, is to use cash instead of swiping your way to debt.
- …But Cheaper Isn’t Always Better, Either
Is it functioning right?
Does it look like it’s about to crumble in your hands at any moment now?
These are the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself as you browse through the mall. You most definitely do not want to purchase something that seems really great but really isn’t at the end of the day.
May the shopping gods be with you, and good luck.