Black Friday Shopping Tips
Posted: Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2011
Kelli Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in Mooresville and has been contributing to Lake Norman Magazine since 2009. She juggles family and writing with humor and lots of chocolate, and enjoys experiencing all the Lake Norman area has to offer.
In case you havent heard, Black Fridays just around the corner. Merchants are screaming for your attention, which is why many of the big box stores like Target, Kohls and Best Buy are opening at midnight. Yikes! Not sure what I think about that. Actually I am sure, and I wish that Thanksgiving could have the entire day to itself.
But if you are braving the crowds to get the best holiday gift deals, dont forget to visit your local mom and pop shops. Lake Norman main street stores and boutiques in between Concord Mills and Northlake Mall will be open, too, and many of them are offering their own Black Friday specials.
Some examples? Molly Malones in Mooresville is giving away free mandy tote bags when you spend $75 on a Vera Bradley item. Shop for mom and get a little something for yourself, too. Fi Fis Fine Resale in Cornelius also has some cool sales. The Village Store in Davidson has brought back its popular Treat Yourself promo: Receive a $10 gift certificate for every $50 you spend.
If youre getting ready to brave the crowds, consider the following tips to make the experience as enjoyable or bearable as possible.1.Research
Write down the gift ideas youll be shopping for. Scan the store newspaper ads to determine where youll get the best deals for the items.Check out a stores Facebook page: Theyre more likely to post deals and specials here than their website. 2. Avoid opening store credit cards
Saving 10 percent sounds great. A bill that totals $100 reduces to $90 in an eye blink. Regardless, more credit cards only produce more debt. When the credit card bill arrives in January, the $10 savings wont matter anymore.3. Write down clothing sizes ahead of time
Once youre in the store, theres no time to figure out what size pants to get your nephew or what size boots your niece wears.4. Shop in numbers
Bring friends or family. Its tough to stand in multiple lines at once. Make sure everyone has cell phones with fully charged batteries!5. Take rations
Bottled water and snacks like crackers, fruit, or granola bars work best. Otherwise youll be hitting the food court or local donut shop, spending money where you dont need to.6. Dress properly
Youll be walking in parking lots, strolling through aisles and standing in long lines, so wear comfortable shoes. Consider wearing layers you can easily shed as the day goes on and the temperature rises.7. Be safe
Bring only the credit cards, debit cards, check book or money you plan to use. Consider putting them in a fanny pack or money clip kept in your front pocket. The Black Friday crowd is a pick-pockets dream.8. Know what youre getting into
If large crowds and possibly encountering rude people stress you out, Black Friday might not be your scene. Anticipate lots of people who are in a hurry. Take deep breaths, and know your turn at the cash register is coming. Dont forget to smile and say thank you to the sales assistant.
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