Fashion Instinct: Black Friday—Shopping Survival Guide

Let’s be honest, we all enjoy a good sale, right? Especially in today’s economy. Rushing to the next shopping sale is the only way I can get a good workout these days. Thanks to my favorite holiday, Black Friday, there are plenty of benefits for your closet and wallet. Here are some tips to get the most out of your Black Friday without it getting the most of you:

1. Research: Research store hours and compare stores by the biggest sales offered. Several stores do not participate in sales as actively as others. Make sure where you are buying is really worth the day’s hassle.

2. Prioritize: Black Friday is the time to splurge. I suggest focusing on big purchases that would have taken more than half your bank account had you bought them any other day. Make a list of the things you absolutely need, as well as one for those that can be held off on.

3. The Early Bird Gets the Worm: A lot of stores will be opening at midnight. Go early, stock up on snacks and drag your best company with you. Sure it might seem a little extreme, but at the end of the day you’ll be glad you did it, with victory bags in both hands and an experience to share. Some stores even offer an early bird special, which means, if you shop before 9 a.m., you can get an additional discount.

4. Comfort: You will be standing in extremely long lines, so be comfortable doing it. Wear clothes that are easy to slip on and off if you plan to try clothes on.

5. Shop Online: Claustrophobic? Not a people person? Some retail stores offer the God-sent blessing of online shopping. Being someone who has been on both sides of the Black Friday frenzy I suggest avoiding the long lines and staying within the comforts of your home.

6. Extreme Couponing: On this hectic day, “Extreme Couponing” is no longer just a show on TLC, but a method of shopping survival. Printing or saving coupons through your phone’s email function can help you save even more on your purchase, ultimately leaving more in your wallet to spend or save.

7. Keep Your Receipt: Make sure to ask about the return policy and keep your receipt! You never know if you might need to exchange or return an item.

Happy shopping!

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