Whether this is your first time going out on Black Friday, or you have been doing this for years, there are always ways to improve your shopping plans. Planning is usually the biggest factor in a fun and effective Black Friday. Make sure to exercise the day in advance to optimize your shopping and minimize stress. For those who have a few questions in regards to budgeting and organizing make sure to check out this simple guide to find answers to some of your questions.
How early should you begin?
Many stores have started to open their doors as early as Thursday evening, so if you don’t mind cutting Thanksgiving night a bit short, you can get a head start on shopping almost immediately after you complete your Thanksgiving dinner. If you want to spend as much time with family as possible, do not worry. There are still lots of stores that don’t open their doors until midnight or after. But if there are specific things on your list that you’re afraid will sell out fast, you should aim to go to that store at least a couple of hours in advance to make certain you’ll be among the first people in line.
Which stores if you visit?
There are a lot of stores offering Black Friday discounts, it can be tricky to choose which ones to visit first. You can easily fix this issue by building a list of the items that are most important to you, then go to those stores. If you do not have a specific list of things and are going for the fun of it, check out the stores that open the first. A number of stores open Thursday evening or at midnight, so make your way to those, then see where the night takes you.
How should you budget?
If you’re planning to mostly buy holiday presents on Black Friday, create your holiday budget for the year before you head out. You can find a lot of discounts on this day. It is a good idea to make your budget a bit less than your actual budget. This way you can try to save money and you have a bit of an emergency fund. You will most likely not find all your gifts in one day, put some money aside to purchase last minute presents. If you are just shopping for yourself, create a budget that is similar to your monthly budget. Just because there are sales. you will not need to spend more than your usual.
How much additional money should you bring?
There’s always the possibility that something might not go as planned on Black Friday, maybe you find a toy that you know your nephew would love or a coat your sister has been dying to have. It’s better to bring a little more shopping money if you happen to find a fantastic deal that you were not expecting, but do not go over your budget. If you can afford it, $50 is a good amount of additional money to bring.