Your Black Friday Survival Guide
Because I’m usually a sane and rational human being, I never dared go out on Black Friday. Until last year, when I saw a killer sale on something I really wanted. It was a scary, adrenaline-rushing, almost death-inducing experience that I survived with success. So I’m here this year to give you the ins and outs to getting what you want (without being trampled by a crowd of screaming soccer moms) on Black Friday.
Trust me, it isn’t an experience you want to go into blindly.
1. Have a Plan of Attack in Advance
Planning ahead for Black Friday is essential. Running into a field of mayhem with nowhere to go isn’t usually the best offensive plan. (Have you ever tried walking into Ikea just to look around? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about.) Give yourself a head start by checking out some sales that you should definitely be checking out. As always, Macys is offering insane deals, Urban Outfitters is offering 50% off on everything in the store, and those aren’t the only clothing racks offering great sales.
2. Pack Some
Heat Energy Shots
Let me tell you right now, you’re going to need more than your natural energy to get through the craziness that is Black Friday. Go to your local gas station and pick up a Five Hour Energy. It’s powerful as powerful as a Venti coffee, but it goes down quick so you aren’t stuck toting it around as you fill your arms with goodies.
3. Wear the Right Duds
This is essential so that you can huddle in the corner and try on all your clothes over other clothes. May we suggest no-tie shoes (but keep ‘em sturdy for any running you may have to do), spandex, and a thin tank top.
4. Play Good Offense
Especially against those mommies who want to snatch everything in your path — and use their elbows while you’re at it. Puff your chest out in confidence, walk with meaning, and always be on the look-out for the deal you want. Never take your eye off the prize.
5. Bring a List
Learn something from Santa Clause (besides the fact downing cookies and milk for 24 hours straight probably isn’t the solution to that beer gut). Lists are one of my favorite things on this planet — and they are even better when you can take them to Black Friday. If you know what you need (and what you don’t), you and your wallet will leave happy. The biggest goal of the day is to save money on awesome deals, not buy things you don’t need. Like a $200 (used to be $1000) lawn mower for your dorm room.
6. Get a Fabulous Nights Sleep Before the Mayhem
Sleep. Sleep. Sleep. There is nothing like the power of some shut eye before such an important and strenuous event.
Good luck out there, ladies.
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