Don’t Make These 8 Common Black Friday Shopping Mistakes
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Planning to shop on Black Friday?
If you’re planning to brave the stores on Black Friday, it’s important to have a shopping strategy so that you can spend less time standing in lines and score better deals for everyone on your gift list. Check out these EIGHT common Black Friday shopping mistakes to avoid at ALL cost!
1. DON’T wear uncomfortable clothes.
Yes, that dress and those heels were adorable during your Thanksgiving get-together, but no one is checking your outfit come Black Friday. Instead, swap out your party attire for cute and comfy leisurewear staples like leggings and comfortable sneakers. Be mindful of layers if you plan to try on clothes, though Black Friday’s not the ideal day to spend time in fitting rooms.
2. DON’T go without a plan.
Before you step foot out the door, make sure you’ve got a game plan. Start by checking out our Black Friday Price Comparison Cheat Sheet to figure out what deals you’ve gotta have and what stores you’ll want to hit up. Also, write down the store hours for each store that you’re planning to hit up.
Then list out the Black Friday deals with their price under the specific store, noting if it’s available elsewhere in case inventory runs out. Lastly, make a list of non-deal items to keep an eye out for if you plan on getting all of your holiday shopping covered in one fell swoop. Map out the most efficient route and get all your bases covered!
3. DON’T rely on a coffee shop.
Don’t leave the house without eating breakfast and drinking coffee (if you’re a caffeine addict 😉)! Every other shopper venturing out on Black Friday will likely be visiting a coffee shop, too. All this does is creates long waits to get your energy fix and cuts into your shopping time.
As a bonus, you can buy some extra stocking stuffers with that coffee money you saved. 🙌🏻 Oh, and remember to pack lots of snacks for later as shopping burns lots of calories! 🤗
4. DON’T forget to make a spending plan.
A spending plan is an absolute necessity. Some people like to bring a set amount of cash to keep spending under control. But if you carry too much cash, you might just be more susceptible to thieves. On the other hand, if you don’t bring enough, you could miss out on the Black Friday deals that you really wanted to purchase.
The cash-only method also overlooks store card discounts or credit card cashback, which can really add up! An alternative would be to use a debit card with a set amount of money available and work in store/credit cards as you see fit. Stick to your game plan to avoid overspending.
Hip Tip: Did you know that our free Hip2Save App has an envelope budget system built right into the app? Just toggle to the Budget section on the app and start categorizing your envelopes with their intended amount (you can even include one for holiday gifts!)
Then, when you pull from each envelope (in real life), add your transaction amount and date to the desired envelope to keep a running balance of each budget. It’s so easy!
5. DON’T bring the kids!
Kids + high-stress environment = well… you do the math. 😜
They usually don’t care about the sales and will get bored going from store to store. If you can find a sitter or sweet talk your loved ones to watch over the kiddos while you’re cruising the aisles, your sanity will thank you later. Plus, if your kids are like mine, they’d rather stay at home in their cozy jammies anyway!
6. DON’T be rude.
This should go without saying, but trying to complain to a store associate to get your way will get you nowhere. Most are not working because they love the throngs of excited shoppers; they’re probably the newer employees who don’t have the seniority to request the day off.
Make their morning (and yours!) better with kindness and a smile. ❤️ They might even open another register or check the backroom stock if you’re nice enough!
Hip Tip: If you’re wanting to make a friend or stranger smile on Black Friday, consider these random act of kindness you can do with your family!
7. DON’T buy because of “the deal.”
Retailers can bump up the original price to make savings seem more significant. For big-ticket items, like TVs and computers, do your research to make sure it’s right for you.
The models promoted with huge discounts may appear as top-rated products, but if you check the model numbers they’re not the same. Black Friday offerings are typically watered down versions and lack some of the features that give high-quality products their value.
- Here are 10 things you should NOT buy on Black Friday!
- Here are 10 things you SHOULD buy on Black Friday!
8. DON’T rush your Thanksgiving.
This time of year is about being around the ones you love, so why would you want to rush that? Make sure your plans include enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner AND dessert, along with plenty of rest. No doorbuster deal is worth missing out on precious moments shared with your loved ones.
…and if you want to avoid the craziness all together, just stay home and shop on Cyber Monday! We’ve got some tips to help you decide!
- The Differences Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday Shopping
- The Best Tips For Deal Shopping On Cyber Monday
No matter how you go about your holiday shopping, remember to smile 😊, make memories, and score the right buys that work for your loved ones AND your budget!
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