Let the shopping begin!
The origin of the term “Black Friday” has a couple different theories, but it is most commonly known for the idea that this day brings retailers from being in red (posting a loss in their books) to black (making profit). It’s no wonder they make such enormous profits, since this is the day that symbolically announces the Christmas season has begun, which means it’s time to start shopping for deals.
No matter the origin, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, neither of these names sounds too appealing to a consumer’s ears. With all the stigmas on the two days, most shoppers spend a lot of time in anticipation of how to survive these two “dark” days.
MSN Today came up with some great times for surviving the days after Thanksgiving and these tips are perfect for any mom not looking forward to the pre-Christmas rush.
1. It’s ok to do nothing.
Take this day to relax and recharge after the big day of Thanksgiving. It’s a perfect opportunity to take advantage of some time at home to organize and prepare yourself for the next Holiday before your schedule gets busy again!
2. Remember the Internet?
Don’t forget Internet shopping! You can find all the great things you need in stores, online too! Save the trip to the mall and shop from home!
3. Be prepared and plan accordingly.
Everywhere will be busy, so be prepared! Allow time for parking, check out lines and crowded stories so you don’t find yourself in a rush. Make sure you wear comfortable clothes, because it will probably be a long day. Remember that most retailers open earlier than the usual hours so if you must bear through the crowds, remember to come prepared.
Everything gets done much more quickly with lists! Organize yourself so you know what stores you need to go to, what deals you are looking for and for whom!
Despite the worries of these infamous shopping days, remember to take the opportunities before Christmas Eve shows up to get all the shopping done that you can. Make lists of everyone you need to buy for, and the potential items you’d like to look for them. This will save you time and frustration, because your shopping will be more direct, focused and save time. You will ultimately end up saving money too, because you won’t waste on items you don’t need.