Hey everybody! I hope you all are doing fine.
Are you a black friday shopper? I confess that I have been in the past. It takes a lot to get me out there in the rush but sometimes it can be worth it. I love a great sale! I have been known to participate in a group, with each of us on the hunt for different items. Divide and conquer.
For the record, I do not celebrate Christmas. Yes, I believe in Jesus. I do not celebrate Christmas for a variety of reasons and we will leave it at that. Does that mean I do not like a fantastic bargain and enjoy the thrill of the hunt on black friday? No. I have this perverse sense of a challenge when out on black friday shopping sprees.
A few of my observations for a successful plan is to decide what is worth the trouble of crowds. In Ohio, all of my stores were side by side so I would start at one and work the rest in order. I had a list, and followed it. Planned in advance. It was fun. I have not done it in several years, mostly because I live in the sticks now, but if shopping is your thing, do it!
I do want to give you a few things I have learned over the years.
First, get plenty of rest before.
Second, eat before leaving.
Third, dress warmly.
Fourth, know your stores layout.
Fifth, BE NICE!
I also have a few recommendations if you like to help others. I have purchased coats, pajamas and the like for VERY cheap at black friday sales. Not for me, but to donate. I could buy children’s coats for $5-10 each, any size will do, and then find a local charity to give them to for those children who need coats. I do the same with pajamas. Size does not matter. It is an easy and cheap way to make someone happy for the most basic of things. Plus, it makes you feel good too. Why do this? Because it does not matter if it is a holiday or not, people need clothing all year long. Do you know how much it helps them? You? Plenty!
So, while out and about, if you indulge in the manic atmosphere of black friday shopping, take a moment and think how you can give to others as well. Trust me, you will feel blessed.