My family usually keeps it pretty casual for Thanksgiving, so I don’t get super dressed up! However, I have to be a little bit glam (because duh) so this year I plan on wearing this leopard print cardi, fun accessories, and a bold purple lip. You can shop this similar look below! Now to the fun stuff.
First things first, I take Black Friday shopping very seriously. This is not a game. This is not fun. This is every man for himself. I have seen some crazy things and done even crazier. After spending the day being grateful and giving thanks at their Thanksgiving dinner, the same people turn into wild animals for Black Friday. Here’s some advice from this seasoned Black Friday veteran/professional.
1. Plan your Attack
This is the most important aspect of Black Friday shopping. You have to strategize. My favorite part of Thanksgiving day is looking through all of the ads while dinner is cooking. We take ads from our favorite stores and circle the items on our wish lists. Then, we find out what times the stores are opening. Whichever store is open first, that’s the one we usually start with. Unless there’s an item I absolutely can’t live without, then I skip the other stores and miserably wait in line for hours to make sure I get it.
2. Dress Comfortable and Warm
You’re most likely going to be standing outside in a line waiting for a store to open, so you’ll need to layer up! I’m talking sweater, hoodie, coat, gloves, hat, the whole deal. I once stood outside of Target at midnight for 3 hours and I wasn’t properly equipped. Rookie mistake I know. Trust me, you want to be warm!
3. Take a Nap
Trust me. The worst thing is gorging yourself in turkey, mashed potatoes, noodles, pie, (literal carb heaven) and not taking a nap before you go shopping. Carbs make you tired! Do yourself a favor and take a nap after dinner, you’ll need your energy to fight off those feisty moms in Target. Moms love Target.
4. Carry a Small Purse
There’s no reason as to why you need to carry your large purse on Black Friday. It will just get in the way and you need both of your hands to pick up all the small items from Sephora. Don’t be that girl who misses out on the lipgloss kit because you didn’t have two hands free! Not to mention everyone is going to hate you when you are knocking everything over with your suitcase attached to your shoulder.
5. Grab Some Coffee
Another one of my favorite Black Friday memories is stopping at good ole Starbs before Black Friday shopping. I wouldn’t be living up to my basic girl stereotype if I didn’t, right? You’ll want the coffee to wake you up, and keep your hands warm while waiting in lines. Just make sure you ditch it before you get in the store!
6. Arrive Early (like hours early..)
The hard part about this is, is that if your family does Thanksgiving dinner, you are going to be missing out on a lot of Black Friday deals. Several stores open at 6PM, which really really bothers me. I would never suggest to leave your family dinner early and it’s upsetting that all of these stores would open on Thanksgiving day. I remember going Black Friday shopping at midnight or getting up at 4AM the next day to be a the stores by 6AM!
7. Splurge on the Big Items
Don’t waste your money or time on shopping for clothes on Black Friday. Save your clothing money for Cyber Monday! Better deals in my opinion anyways. Splurge on items for your home like if you need a new TV, kitchen appliances, furniture, etc. These are the lowest prices of the year, so if you need something, get it now!
8. Shop with Friends/Family
Black Friday is so much more fun when you shop with your friends and family. You can strategize by splitting up to make sure you all get everything you want, and it’s easier to fight people the more numbers you have on your side. Aka the woman who just grabbed the last Kitchenaid mixer? One of you distract her while the other steals it from her cart. No shame in my game. (kidding I would never actually do that)
9. Christmas Gifts!
Always keep in mind gift buying when Black Friday shopping. Several common wish list items like iPads, Apple watches, FitBits, TV’s, videogames, are on major sale during Black Friday! Basically, don’t be selfish.
What’s on your Black Friday wish list?
xo | Rachel