How to Conquer Black Friday

Ok ladies and gentlemen! It's officially that time of year again. Comfy pants and shoes? Check. Hair tied back? Check. Credit card ready? Check. It's Black Friday! Now for many people in this world, Black Friday is just another holiday created by retailers in attempt to get us inside their stores again. But for shopaholics on a budget like you and me, the weekend after thanksgiving is what we've been preparing for. Black Friday and Cyber Monday is when you can get the things you've always wanted at the deal of a lifetime. However, it can also be pretty stressful (long lines, empty shelves, psychotic shoppers). That is why I composed a little list below on how you can get the most bang for your tiny buck and conquer Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

1. Do Your Research. Before leaving your house early Friday morning, see what stores are having the best sales for the things you want. Often what may seem like a good deal can be found even better at another store. Websites like Black Friday AdsAmazon, and Price Grabber are great tools see what stores have what deals and where you can find things even cheaper. By doing a little research before the big shopping day you can save yourself a lot of time and money!

2. Have a Shopping List. Many people go into Black Friday with specific item in mind like a T.V. or new fridge. This helps them to concentrate on getting what you need without being distracted by everything else going on around you. This is the same for clothes. Having a list of items you are looking for or if you're doing your holiday gift shopping, who you're shopping for, will help keep you focused and better your chances of getting what you want. If you go blind it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the mayhem and end up with nothing. So even if your list is a simple as Boots, Jeans, and a new scarf for mom, it will make your day that much easier. This goes for shopping online during Cyber Monday too!

3. Wear Comfy Clothes. To me, shopping on Black Friday is equivalent to going to the gym, so you need to dress the part. This is no time to where your stiletto heels and new wool coat but rather leggings, sneakers and zip up hoodies. Stores get pretty crowded and the last thing you want to happen is your feet being in agonizing pain and you're sweating enough to fill a bath tub.

4. Make Friends in Line. This is when High School Musical's "We're All In This Together" should be on repeat on your phone. Making friends in line is beneficial for a couple reasons. One is those lines can be looonnggggg so having a little buddy that you can chit chat with will allow the time to go by much faster. Also if you need to step out of line quickly for any reason, your new best friend will graciously hold your spot for you preventing you from going way in the back again.

5. Shop Online! A lot of the times we don't even need to leave the comfort of our own beds to get the amazing Black Friday deals. If you know your sizing and is comfortable waiting a few extra days to show off your new look to the office,then online shopping may be the way for you. Cyber Monday is also great if you're comfortable shopping online because often there's even BETTER deals on the Cyber Monday then there is on Black Friday and once again, you don't even need to shower to experience it.

These are just a few tips and pointers on how you can make your Black Friday shopping much more enjoyable. If these tips worked for you or you have others that you like to add to this list please help out your fellow Poor Girls and comment them below!

Happy Shopping Everyone!

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