Black Friday shopping can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful, frustrating, and even dangerous. This holiday shopping season, we’re here to help you make the most of your Black Friday deals while staying safe and happy.
Here are some tips you should follow to stay safe and have fun:
- Do Your Research
- Make a Plan
- Bring a Friend
- Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
- Don’t Get Caught Up In Crowds
Do Your Research
It's easy for consumers to become swept up in the rush of Black Friday, but many shoppers fail to do their homework before diving into the fray. Research your purchases and search for sales near you that have the best deals, and be sure to check for return policies as well.
Make a Plan
An essential step to Black Friday shopping is to create a plan ahead of time so you know what you’re looking for and stay within your budget when you go out. This includes:
- Have a list of your must-buy purchases and stick to it to avoid impulse purchases.
- Be aware of potential scams and don’t give out personal information.
- Check what time stores open to plan which are most convenient to stop at first.
Bring a Friend
Shopping can be stressful, but especially so during Black Friday's chaotic crowds. And you definitely don't want to be in that space alone - why not have someone there with you for moral support?
For a good time, bring a friend and shop together.
Stay Aware of Your Surroundings
Black Friday is a time of madness, crowds and chaos. It's easy to get swept up in all of it, but staying aware of your surroundings is key.
Watch out for aggressive or overly friendly shoppers; keep track of your items, including your phone and wallet; know where you're going and how you'll get there; and don't forget to eat and drink plenty of water.
Don’t Get Caught Up In Crowds
Despite all the excitement surrounding Black Friday, it's important not to get carried away and lose your head. Crowds can be dangerous, especially on a day where every item is limited and in demand. This is when having an exit strategy is most essential.
Have an emergency plan in place if you need to leave a store quickly or are unable to easily get home. Make sure you know where your car keys and wallet are at all times, so if you do have to leave in a hurry, it won't take long.
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