Tuesday, November 23, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge: Day 2

Day 2: Black Friday/General Shopping Tips and Tricks

Those of you who know me well know I like to shop. And I'm a sucker for a good deal. Here are a few tips for Black Friday shopping and every day retail therapy.

Black Friday:
  1. Have a plan and a list. Plan which stores you're going to and the order you're going to hit them up. I'd suggest hitting the stores with the big ticket items you want first. And make a list of items you definitely want for a more successful and efficient shopping trip.
  2. Check out all the ads the night before and know where to go for the best deals on the items you want.
  3. Take a shopping partner - one to stand in line and one to make a mad dash through the store to get what you want.
  4. Eat a hearty bowl of patience for breakfast. You'll certainly need it when you're fighting the crowds of crazed shoppers.
  5. Get an early start. 
General Retail Therapy:
  1. Don't set a time limit. Go shopping on a day when you have no other plans, so you don't feel rushed. I can spend hours in one store (usually 2 hours is my limit), because I'm thorough in my search for good deals. I hate to waste money on clothes I won't wear, so it's imperative that I am absolutely sure I will wear each item I purchase. Hence the need to take my time, and literally spend an entire day shopping.
  2. Try everything on. There is no better way to judge fit and style than to put the items on. So get in that dressing room and have a mini fashion show with your sexy self.
  3. Set a spending limit. Shopping is fun. Buyers remorse is not. I like to shop at the end of the month when all of my bills have been paid, because then I know how much money is really in my bank account.
  4. Shop solo. I have found shopping is more enjoyable when I am not on anyone else's schedule. I have the freedom to browse in one store for as long as I like, and to make as many trips to the dressing room as I deem necessary.
  5. Be in the mood to shop. If not, you'll walk around aimlessly and waste time that you could be spending crossing items off your to-do list.
Click here to link up with Aly and Molly's 12 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge!


    Kit said...

    Love the tips...Thanks for sharing!

    cal ;) said...

    love this...you make me want to start blogging again, haha. :)

    Holly said...

    Kit - you're welcome! Glad you liked them :)

    Cal - please start blogging again. I miss your posts.

    Molly said...

    Love these tips, esp all the ones about black friday shopping. I feel like everyone hates black friday shopping after reading all the links today, ha! I'm a HUGE fan of bf shopping :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Mrs. D said...

    I am totally with you on shopping alone (not on Black Friday, of course!), I always feel rushed when shopping with friends! Great tips!

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