It’s sort of tradition in my family to spend all Thanksgiving day eating, chatting, laughing and playing together, but when the 9 o’clock hour hits – we mean business. You see, my sister and I have a long-standing tradition of being Black Friday crazies. Like, stand in line at Target when it’s raining at 3 a.m. to get the door-buster deals, crazy. We both love a bargain and (for whatever odd reason) happen to love the utter chaos that comes with Toys”R”Us at midnight.*
*Like I said, crazies.
We’ve got it down to a science – so much so that we’ve developed some sort of sleep-deprived, sister telepathy with each other’s moods, nutritional needs and shopping successes. If I have one piece of advice to pass on to a fellow shopper it would be this: be prepared. Make a list (check it twice), know your ads and have a game plan for wherever you’re headed. Oh yeah, and it helps to be equipped with these:
Umbrella in case of weather emergencies? Check. Extra fuel for the 6 a.m. slump? Check. Scarf for layering (and un-layering after hours of sweating in the mall)? Check.
Over the years many have intriguingly commented on our obsession with BF, “Oh you do Black Friday? That sounds so fun!” even following up with the dreaded “Can I come, too!?” Let me let you in on another little secret – just say “no.” If I have learned anything in my years of Black Friday ventures, it is that the buddy system works. The buddy system being two, like-minded individuals when it comes to shopping, bargains and coffee intake. One to hold the goods, one to grab. One to stay with the shopping cart, one to sprint to the last digital camera on display. Overwhelming for one and three is a crowd, just keep it to two. Trust me. This is not the time to socialize, this is the time to get 80% of your Christmas shopping done in one. night.
So what are your Black Friday plans? Are you staying in, or braving the chaos? Hopefully these tips will make your Black Friday shopping experience a little more pleasant. But let’s be honest, ladies – this is not fun, this is business. So put your game face on, get out there and snag some deals (and then sleep until 1 p.m. and eat pumpkin pie for breakfast)!