If you’re shopping for Black Friday deals, we can guarantee you’ll run into a few stressful situations. Between the crowds and the chaos, Black Friday shopping is the root of the most stressful day of the year.
You’ve anxiously waited for the best deals for months — whether you’re buying a flat screen TV, new furniture, or gifts for the kids. Mastering Black Friday sales has become an art form in itself, and a lot of it has to do with reducing stress. Use these tips to avoid stressful situations and maximize your experience.
- Get enough sleep
Get ready to spend hours standing in line and fighting through crowds. There’s no better reason to get a great night sleep before searching through aisles in attempt to find the best Black Friday deals.
And if you’re planning to hit up Black Friday sales Thursday afternoon, we recommend taking a nap after your annual Thanksgiving meal.
- Make a plan
Most of the stress that comes from Black Friday shopping can be traced back to unpreparedness. Cut down the anxiety by making a plan.
Take time before Black Friday to research deals, store locations, and price comparisons. If you’re looking to buy hot ticket items, your schedule should focus on hitting the right store first.
Don’t forget to bring coupons or ads that will guarantee you deals. Some stores will not discount items without it.
- Stick to your budget
If you’ve only budget to spend $X amount, then stick to that amount! Many people feel pressured to buy more simply because they see a discount sticker. There is a good chance you may get swept up in a post-Thanksgiving spending frenzy and buy more than you originally intended.
Create a budget and stick to it — no matter how bright that discount sticker may be.
- Take the tools you need
Looking over the small details can lead to the most stress. Before you step into the store, make sure you have everything you need — your wallet, phone, coupons, etc.
In the rush of Black Friday shopping, you might also buy some items that don’t fit in your car. Think furniture, a bicycle, or even a flat screen TV! That’s where you can use Roadie to schedule a pickup and delivery on the spot. We’ll make it easier to send oversized, out-of-the-box items from the store right to your home.
- Bring your family and friends
Black Friday is overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone. Bring your friends and family to shop with you. You’re guaranteed extra help when it’s time to conquer the deals, but even more so, you have friendly faces to hang out with amid the chaos.
Who knows? The friend you bring may be the one who swipes the last flat screen TV for you! And if you separate, bring a whistle to find each other — you’ll automatically go down in Friends history.