Black Friday Strategies for This Shopping Season

Black Friday Strategies

For many Americans, the day after Thanksgiving is the perfect time to start thinking about getting the perfect gifts for loved ones. Black Friday is the most popular shopping day of the year, which means that many of us are hitting the mall and our favorite stores for high-quality goods. 

However, over the years, what used to be a relatively benign holiday has become more and more commercialized. Stores that used to open early in the morning now start as soon as Thanksgiving to roll out the great deals. 

With so much competition, it can be more than a little overwhelming for the average consumer, which is why we want to offer some helpful shopping tips to get the most out of this upcoming Black Friday. 

Start Earlier Than You Expect

Since stores will usually open in the wee hours of the morning, you have to plan accordingly if you want to get the doorbuster savings. It may seem like a sacrifice, but if you get your mind right, it shouldn’t be as much of a deal as you think.

Search Online for the Best Deals

Going into Black Friday without a game plan is never a good idea, so you want to take the time to do your research first. Also, keep in mind that Cyber Monday is right after Black Friday, so you may be able to forgo some of the lines altogether. 

Be Selective When Shopping

Usually, stores will only have limited quantities of their most discounted items, so you have to focus on getting what matters most since you’ll likely miss out on some of the deals offered. 

Map Out Your Shopping Route

Speed and efficiency are key, so you may need to plan a route through the store. In most cases, you’ll have to hunt for the best deals, so try to pinpoint the sections that are most valuable and spread out from there. 

At Bob Johnson Insurance, we hope that you have a fun, safe, and productive Black Friday this year! 

5 Dos and Don’ts for Black Friday

5 Dos and Don'ts for Black Friday

Although Black Friday is an excellent day for shopping and saving money, it can also be more than a little stressful. With so many people and the hectic atmosphere of everyone searching for the same discounts, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and let the stress get to you. 

However, although you may be justified in being less than cordial on this day, we at Bob Johnson Insurance want you to enjoy the holiday, not be miserable. So, with that in mind, let’s go over some do’s and don’ts for this upcoming Black Friday. 

Write Down Your Parking Location

Depending on how long you plan on spending out and about, it’s easy to forget where your car is, and that’s the last thing you want to deal with after a full day of shopping. Make a note of where you park so you can find your car easily.  You might write it down on a note or snap a photo of the location. Some maps apps for your smartphone will let you drop a pin and will guide you right back to your car.

Be Aware of Your Surroundings, Including Other Shoppers

Even if you’re calm and collected, that doesn’t mean other people will be, too. Now is the time to stay vigilant and keep an eye on everyone else to avoid any altercations or stressful situations. 

Keep Your Cards or Money Handy

Ideally, you’ll only bring a single card so that it’s easier to keep track of throughout the day. Also, make sure to have one place you keep it in so that it doesn’t get lost. 

Have a Plan

If you’re shopping with friends or family, it’s easy to get separated as you’re all searching for your next deals. Thus, you want to set a rallying point for everyone, as well as a time to meet so that no one gets lost or left behind. 

Keep Your Keys Handy

It’s easy to lose track of personal items when you’re so busy throughout the day, so make sure that you check on your keys throughout the day, as well as any other valuables (i.e., your phone). 

Black Friday should be a safe and enjoyable holiday, and we hope that you spend it having fun, not fighting crowds and feeling miserable. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and get Black Friday shopping tips all through the month.

Happy shopping!