Happy Thanksgiving, readers! Black Friday is just a few hours away and I’ve created a short guide of Do’s and Don’ts that will ensure a successful Black Friday shopping experience. Get a notepad ready…you’re gonna want to take notes for this!
Do: Create a Game Plan
With all of the chaos already involved in Black Friday, the last thing you want is the added overwhelmingness of not knowing where to shop first or who you’re shopping for first. Create a list split vertically down the middle into two columns. In the first column write the names of the people who you are buying for. In the second column write down what store you plan on shopping in for that person. This will help you to stay organized, alleviate stress, and keep you on track!
Don’t: Give into the Checkout line Merchandise
Whenever I go shopping, I always tend to throw something into my cart from the checkout line merchandise. Sephora gets me EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. with the cute, mini versions of primers, lipsticks, and roller balls. This Black Friday, refrain from the temptation because all of these mini’s ADD UP FAST! Trust me, you will be thankful when you end up saving yourself some serious cash.
Do: Make a Budget
Okay, I’m not talking down to exact dollars and cents but create a ballpark number that you know you should stay around and that you can actually afford. After shopping for each person, subtract the cost from your budget to give yourself an idea of how much you can spend on the rest of people on your Christmas shopping list. Too often, we get caught up in all of the deals and don’t realize that we are spending WAY more than we initially thought. This is the simplest way to avoid financial stress during the holiday season.
Don’t: Spend all of your money during Black Friday
I definitely get caught up in the Black Friday hype, but remember…Cyber Monday is just a couple of days after! Make sure you still have some money to spend on all of the online deals. Most of the time, a lot of stores have even better offers online! When you see that handbag you’ve been dying to score for your mom with a crazy Cyber Monday deal attached, you’ll be happy that you didn’t blow through all of your money!
Do: Your Homework!
Before hitting the mall, do a little research online or in your inbox to see what stores are offering the best deals. Nothing is worse that getting home after an exhausting day of shopping and seeing that one of the stores in your mall is having an insane deal. Not a lot of people take this step, but if you do, it will surely pay off and save you a trip back to the mobbed mall.
Don’t: Forget to put thought into each persons gift
Just because the price tag is good, doesn’t mean that the gift is a good fit for the person on your shopping list. Take the extra step to really think about what that person would like to receive on Christmas. It will seriously make all of the difference. Nothing will beat seeing that person’s face light up when they receive something truly thoughtful.
What stores are you most excited about hitting up this Black Friday? What time do you begin shopping? Let me know in the comments below! Before I end, I would just like to take some time to express how thankful I am for all of my loyal readers and followers. Without your constant love and support, lexieslifexo wouldn’t be what it is today! Thank you all so much for coming on this journey with me…I’m very excited for what’s to come! Have a blessed day!