If Black Friday is looming in your not-so-distant future, be sure you’re prepared! Here’s our Black Friday Survival guide – guaranteed to help you stay sane on the craziest shopping day of the year.  Button your wallets. Here we go.

Expect Long Lines. And we mean long. There’s not much you can do to avoid the wait, so bring something with you that you can do in line – be it Mad Libs, Sudoku puzzles,

Don’t Go Alone. There are a lot of reasons why being alone on Black Friday is a bad idea. Carpool and bring your girlfriends – turn it into a fun event instead of a headache. Group shopping is also helpful for fanning out across the store and working together to get those hot ticket items.

Get Enough Sleep. Don’t try to make it an all nighter by staying out late the night of Thanksgiving and then hitting the stores. Go into that post-turkey coma early and be well rested by the time stores open their doors.

Eat At Home. Don’t plan to stop at Starbucks or McDonalds near the store before you stop in – everyone else thought of that idea too. You don’t want to wait in long lines at the store and while waiting for your coffee. Make a pot at home before you leave, and eat something filling, too. You don’t want to be starving and stuck in a store!

Dress Warm. You might be standing outside in line for the doors to open – the last thing you want to be is cold! Dress warm, you can always pull off a layer once you get inside the store.

Make Friends In Line. No one likes a cranky shopper, and this is especially true on Black Friday. Making friends with those around you in line is not only key to a better experience, but they could end up giving you a hand! Shoppers will be more willing to let you hit the bathroom or meet up with a friend if you’ve struck up a convo.

What are your Black Friday tips?

Thanks to our friend Erin Fox from Q104 for writing this piece.


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