Black Friday Shopping: How to Avoid Holiday Stress
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Black Friday shopping is a perfect opportunity to buy holiday gifts at special discounts and cross holiday shopping off your to-do list. But it can also be a high-stress activity as you battle for the best deal—especially when managing young kids. Steer clear of Black Friday shopping stress and try these helpful shopping tips.
Black Friday Shopping: Make a List, Check It Twice
Decide what gifts you are seeking in advance and create an organized list. Try making two lists: one that has the gifts listed by recipient (e.g., gifts for your husband, children, uncle, etc.) and another list that has gifts organized by store. As you purchase items, cross them off so nothing is purchased twice. Note the price of each item and keep a running tally as you shop so you know how much you are spending—especially if you have a max budget for gifts.
Check Social Media for Black Friday Deals
Retailers will often post special Black Friday deals and discounts in advance on social media. Follow their pages and keep checking back to take note of each deal. This will also help you create your shopping list.
Get Up Early
Many deals in-store begin early in the morning. Grab a coffee, pull on your most comfortable pair of leggings, and be prepared to wait in line. The earlier you shop, the more time you’ll have to spend with family later!
- Make sure your car has enough gas to drive around each store.
- Keep small snacks in your bag, to eat as you shop and avoid a hangry tantrum—that goes for you or your child!
- Pay in cash rather than credit card, so you can keep better track of the money spent.
- Save emails that contain online shopping receipts in a special folder marked: Black Friday Shopping.
Purchase for Charity and Family
Embrace the spirit of the holidays by buying some gifts you can donate to a children’s toy drive. Purchasing gifts for yourself as well as for charity makes the day feel fulfilling and less stressful.
Most stores and online companies offer great deals during Black Friday. Skip the chaotic crowds and shop online in the comfort of your home and pajamas! Personalized gifts purchased online, such as the custom book Baking Cookies Together or My Very Own Christmas, are easy to order and will be cherished as keepsake gifts.