Black Friday. Love it or hate it, it's one of the busiest, if not THE busiest shopping day of the year. Over the last few years Black Friday sales have gotten bigger, along with the discounts offered too. Every year we see a whole array of clips on social media of shoppers going crazy for the latest bargains, and it's enough to put us off venturing out to the shops on this particular day. However, if you are brave enough to hit the shops on Black Friday, we've come up with a few tips to make the process a little easier. Along with our handy cut-out and keep infographic, our tips will ensure that you can shop with less stress. So, whether you're hitting the shops for the first time on Black Friday, or it's your regular annual shopping haul, we've got your back.
Ready, Set, Shop! Our Seven Black Friday Survival Tips
Okay, so we may have exaggerated a little. But in all seriousness, we want to make sure you endure a stress free shop if you venture out on Black Friday. So let's look into each of these points in a bit more detail.
1: Bring Extra Back-Up If You’re Buying Heavy Items
If you’re planning on buying larger items, like a new TV to enjoy some of that top Christmas telly, make sure you’re prepared for some heavy lifting. Plan your strategy for navigating the shops so that the heaviest item is your last stop, and ideally bring someone with you who can help you lift the item if needs be. While most staff will be happy to help, the chances are on Black Friday you’ll be waiting a while for someone to become free. For quick and easy in-and-out process, you’re better off having a buddy to give you a hand.
2: Be Considerate of Other Shoppers
We’ve all seen those shockingly bad videos of shoppers attacking each other over the last flatscreen TV. While for most of us our behaviour more than likely wouldn’t be this extreme, busy shopping periods like this can certainly bring out the worst in people. We all get stressed and frustrated when the crowds are heaving, so remember that everyone is in the same boat before you start elbowing people out of the way. Likewise, don’t linger. Black Friday isn’t exactly the time for a leisurely browse. Simply pick up what you need and move on!
3: Bear Your Transport Options in Mind
While we all like to do our bit for the planet, if you’re planning a big haul of the shops, standing on a crowded train with heaps of bags probably isn’t the most sensible option. Likewise, if you’re only picking up a few small items, consider taking public transport, or even walking if you live close enough to the shops. Car parks will be absolute carnage, so if you don’t really need to take your car, you may even find that walking or taking public transport is actually much easier for you. If you insist on driving, be prepared to be on the hunt for spaces and having to squeeze into some tiny spots!
4: Wear Comfortable Clothing
I’m sure we all love that image of doing a bit of Christmas shopping while wrapped up warm in our winter woolies, with a pumpkin spice latte in one hand, but in reality, that’s not the case. After 10 minutes of walking through the shops you’re cursing yourself as to why you wrapped up in so many layers and topped it off with that big hefty winter coat. To avoid yourself overheating while standing in queues galore, go easy on the layers and wear a lighter coat. If you do like to layer up, ensure you have a bag you can pop them in to ensure things don’t get lost. Don’t forget the footwear either! Wear sensible shoes that you know will be comfortable while on your feet for long periods.
5: Food & Drink
Hungry shoppers are not happy shoppers. While skipping lunch will give you a bit more time to hunt for bargains, it’s not the best idea, especially when paired with crowds and stuffy shops. Making sure you’ve eaten will keep you feeling your best and keep your energy levels going. If you’re not a fan of queueing half an hour for a Big Mac, make sure you eat a decent meal before you leave the house and hit the shops. To be honest, it’s the perfect excuse to have a full English! Remember to keep hydrated too, so either bring a bottle of water or remember to stop for a drink (not an alcoholic one!) when you need it.
6: Choose Your Companions Wisely
While that scene from Friends where Monica goes wedding dress shopping and brings Phoebe and Rachel as back-up may seem like a good idea, think again. Bringing a bunch of your pals on Black Friday might get things a little overcrowded, especially if you’re all wanting to go into different shops. Don’t bring that friend or family member along who loves to stop and have a good browse - this is not the time! By companions, we also mean the little ones too. Consider leaving young children at home, as you’ll be able to navigate the shops a lot easier without them getting distracted by sparkly lights and displays!
7: Go Online
Of course, the simplest solution to stress free Black Friday shopping? Shop online! Grab yourself a cuppa and a few snacks, pop the telly on and kick back with us here at My Favourite Voucher Codes. Our bargain hunters are on hand to bring you the very best Black Friday savings, no matter what you’re in the market for!
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By Amy Jackson - 23rd August 2019