The Black Friday Survival Guide

Written by: Carla De Guzman/Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015 09:28 AM

For all the sale junkies out there, it's the most anticipated day of the year. While everyone is still recovering from their Thanksgiving day food comas, stores come out with the big signs that spell out your favorite words 'Black Friday Sale.' For the sale newbies, the day after Thanksgiving day is traditionally the day where shops drop their prices just before the Christmas season kicks into full gear. We have heard tales of this massive sale with descriptions akin to a zombie apocalypse, but don't worry! We've got you covered with our Black Friday survival guide.

Make A List and Check It Twice!

Although this seems like a futile exercise in the face of good prices, it really is adviseable to have some idea of what you're hoping to get before you follow the masses into the stores. Not only will it help you set a budget and avoid passing out at the sight of your credit card bill (talk about bill shock!), you become more focused when you go around the shops. 

Shop Early, But Not Too Early

According to a study by Google, stores reach their peak foot traffic at 2-4pm on Black Friday. That means that your best chance to score the best deals is from opening to around 1:30pm, and any time after that will only have bigger crowds than you would like. 

Electronics Win the Day

Here's an interesting thing about Black Friday; the biggest sales will come from the electronics section more than clothing or any other product. Clothing stores don't lower too much of their prices until Christmas is in full swing, but electronics drop their prices like crazy for this one day. If there was anything you were going to camp out for, let it be that 50-inch TV you've been drooling over, or maybe even that pretty rose gold phone everyone just has to have!

Never Settle

Experts advise that if you're insistent on shopping for clothes on Black Friday, don't buy anything that's less than 40% off. Clothes, acessories, bags and shoes will be in the middle of their season at that time (you're better off checking the store in September, August or January for mid-season sales), but 40% off is a good standard to check if the price of that bag you've been coveting for the last month is really the lowest it can be.

Pre-Black Friday Shopping

While some people may cringe at the thought of spending their holiday shopping, more and more stores are starting their sales as early as Thanksgiving day. If this is an option for you, it's a great way to avoid crowds but still get the things you want at low prices! 

Don't Leave the House

Not feeling up to the crowds? No problem! Stores across America are making it easier to shop at home by having their online items on sale, sometimes way before Black Friday rolls around. This is where the real sale-savvy shoppers will be, sitting at home in their pajamas with a glass of wine and leftover Thanksgiving food, laughing over everyone complaining about the sales on Facebook. 

Got any other survival tips? Share them with us on the comments below!
About Carla De Guzman
Carla de Guzman is the author of self-published books Cities, Marry Me Charlotte B! and We Go Together. She loves to travel, coming home to her dog Kimchi and spending her weekends having dinner with her crazy family by day. By night, she’s writer and an artist, spending her midnights at her desk. Follow her on Instagram (@somemidnights) for more!


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