If you are planning on heading out to do some Black Friday shopping, these 5 tips will help you score the items you are looking for and also make your experience more enjoyable.
1. Scout out the stores ahead of time – In order to cram in as many items as possible, stores often rearrange the location of certain items in order to make room for stacks of highly sought after merchandise. So, if you think you are headed to Wal-Mart to buy a flat panel television, don’t assume it will be found in the Electronics section. Wal-Mart generally has balloons labeled with the “big ticket” items so that shoppers can see where the line forms for these items. So, when the doors open, don’t bee-line for the Electronics department, you may find what you are looking for in another department. If possible, try to scout out the store ahead of time in order to know where the item you are looking for will be located. Last year, the Wal-Mart mobile app. offered a map of the store which showed prospective customers where certain items were going to be located.
2. Bring an empty baby stroller to stores without enough carts – One trick I have learned over the years, is to bring an empty baby stroller if you plan on shopping in a store that may have a limited amount of carts available. If you can get your hands on a infant frame stroller, this is the best type of stroller to use. Fellow shoppers will be envious when they see how well prepared you are while they are juggling numerous items in their hands.
3. Have a Game Plan – With so many stores having different opening times, you’ll want to “map” out your schedule so you are sure to be at each store when it opens. Otherwise, you will most likely miss out on many deals.
4. Shop with a friend, leave kids home – The “buddy system” is the best way to tackle your Black Friday shopping. When the doors open, go in different directions from one another. Your friend can call you if they happen to find something you were looking for and vice versa. Remember, as I stated in tip #1, items might be located in random spots in the store. The most efficient way to locate the items you want is to start searching separately. Also, Black Friday shopping is not for kids. Cranky, tired kids will not handle the crowds well and they will just be clogging up the store. Leave them home with a babysitter or family member.
5. Bring your sale ads with you – Bring the sale ads with you. The chances of finding one in the store are about slim to none. You’ll want your sale ad handy so that you can refer back to it.
Black Friday shopping has the potential to be very stressful if you have not done your research ahead of time. Be sure to do your research and take these 5 tips into consideration as you embark on your journey to a shopper’s bargain paradise.