I can't even count the number of times I've done a Black Friday all-nighter but through them all I've learned some tricks the hard way. Here are my tips for surviving Black Friday!
Be Mentally Prepared. You may think this sounds silly because it is shopping after all but it can get rough out there people. Get in the mindset that you will likely be tired, want to kill several people for being completely rude, and maybe even disappointed.
Along with this you should also be physically prepared. If you are hard core and plan to shop through the night make sure you get a good night sleep the night before and maybe even a nap before you start! I will be hitting up Starbucks for sure! You will likely be stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner and think you will never eat again but you will so bring snacks to tide you through! Dressing in layers is always smart. Depending on the weather it will be cold outside but the hustle and bustle of being inside a mall may leave you wanting to shed some layers. I've been to an outlet mall in years past where they limited the number of customers in the store at once and we had to stand in line just to get in! I've never been in a Coach store since.
Have a plan. Obviously, it's a good idea to jot down everyone you have on your list and some ideas you have for them. Looking for some big ticket items? You want to make sure to hit up those stores first before the goods get gone! Some stores also have special coupons or codes so be sure to have those printed or up on your phone and ready to go!
Have fun! Most importantly make sure to enjoy yourself! Like I stated in my intro I don't do this every year to make sure I get doorbuster deals. I do it because it's a fun once-a-year activity to do with my family. Above all else--have fun with it!
Do you have a Black Friday tradition?