If Black Friday is looming in your not-so-distant future, be sure you’re prepared! Here’s our Black Friday Survival Guide – guaranteed to help you stay sane on the craziest shopping day of the year. Button your wallets. Here we go.
1. Expect Long Lines
And we mean long. There’s not much you can do to avoid the wait, so bring something with you that you can do in line – be it Mad Libs, Sudoku puzzles, etc.
2. Don’t Go Alone
There are a lot of reasons why being alone on Black Friday is a bad idea. Carpool and go with friends – turn it into a fun event instead of a headache. Group shopping is also helpful for fanning out across the store and working together to get those hot ticket items.
3. Get Enough Sleep
Don’t try to make it an all-nighter by staying out late the night of Thanksgiving and then hitting the stores. Go into that post-turkey coma early and be well rested by the time stores open their doors.
4. Eat At Home
Don’t plan to stop at Starbucks or McDonald’s near the store before you stop in – everyone else thought of that idea too. You don’t want to wait in long lines at the store and while waiting for your coffee. Make a pot at home before you leave, and eat something filling, too. You don’t want to be starving and stuck in a store!
5. Dress Warm
You might be standing outside in line for the doors to open – the last thing you want to be is cold! Dress warm, you can always pull off a layer once you get inside the store.
Even strictly following these 5 tips may not be enough for a successful Black Friday – got any additional tips for the craziest shopping day of the year? Share your experiences in the comments below!
Erin Fox — CBS Local
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