It’s that time of year once again when the Christmas music begins and the mad dash for stores everywhere begins its crescendo. That’s right, the biggest shopping day of the season is just around the corner -Black Friday.
Don’t fret though, because I’ve got some tried and true DO’s and DON’TS for making your way through the throngs of people who come out every year to try and find the best deals on the hottest new items. Things like appliances are always popular items to go on sale so if your dorm room or apartment needs something this would be the time to get it without breaking the bank. Working in the clothing side of retail I’ve learned not to shop in the few weeks leading up to this day, because 9 times out of 10, the item you want now will be at least 40% off then. Patience is a virtue my friends.
-Make a list of items you know are going to be on sale (and at which stores) including items you would like to check to see if they are on sale.
-Group the list by STORE to save time by looking for all the right items in the store that carries them.
-Electronics are the first to sell out. People will wait in line overnight to make sure they save every penny! If you’re not down to camp out in the parking lot for all your swag, plan big purchase items for the first stops on your shopping extravaganza.
-Head to big stores like Best Buy, Target and Walmart for some of the best money saving deals. If you’re in the city, head to the Westfield Mall to hit the most stores in the least amount of time.
-Be that crazy shopper. Stampeding over someone to buy a discounted Wii is never cute. Just say no. However….
-Be afraid to be aggressive! There are other crazy shoppers out there so don’t be afraid to grab what you want if you get to it first. The best part of Black Friday is a little friendly shopping competition with strangers.
-Try and do your grocery (or any other type) shopping at the same time. Perishable items don’t do well with lots of jostling.
-Expect it to be a leisurely trip to Nordstrom. Be prepared to encounter crowds, long lines and cut throat parking lot/garage situations. This comes with the territory and unfortunately never goes away.
Follow these guidelines and you’ll get your Christmas shopping finished in no time!
Some of the best stores (not just in SF) having sales this Black Friday are…
-Best Buy: they have a Wii console bundle pack for $169.99
-JC Penney:- Opens at 4 am for all you early birds out there
-Target: TomTom GPS system for just $79
-Macy’s: Great savings here every year, plus the Union Square location is the flagship store, which means more styles, more sizes and more fun!
Get out there and be fabulous with your recessionista self. Black Friday is super fun and if you manage it right you can save yourself enough to, well, buy some more! Happy Holidays!
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