Shopping on Black Friday has become synonymous with two things: great deals and craziness. Not only can you find some of the better deals on home electronics and toys on Black Friday, but injury and even the occasional fatality has been known to happen as well. So what’s the best way to get those good deals while staying safe at the same time?
As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Do your homework and study up on which stores have the sales and coupons that you’re willing to wait a few hours in line for. Dress according to the weather; bring along some snacks and a hot drink in a thermos to keep warm while you’re holding your spot in line. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear, layers are the key. If possible, visit the store before Black Friday and take note of the exits and the store’s consumers’ guide and the traffic flow so you know which way to turn if things happen to get out of hand.
Get a Shopping Buddy
When it comes to grabbing all the best deals, two heads are definitely better than one. Keep in mind that there is also safety in numbers – bring a buddy and commit to looking out for each other. Black Friday shopping is more fun when you have someone to shop with and it makes waiting in line less tedious (and bathroom visits possible!). Make sure to designate a place to meet in case you become separated.
Keep an eye out for any unusual activity and trust your gut if you don’t feel safe. Be especially aware of agitators that pester other shoppers or staff, they may initiate a conflict that can rapidly escalate into something serious. Put some distance between these people and you’ll stand a better chance of avoiding any altercations or having to miss out on shopping because you were pulled into the fray.
Be Polite and Friendly
A little kindness goes a long way, especially towards someone that doesn’t deserve it. Chances are people are going to be cranky from getting up early, waiting in line and still possibly missing out on all the deals they wanted. Don’t let the miserable people pull you down to their level; keep things in perspective and don’t take anything too personally.
While some bad situations have occurred in the past, Black Friday shopping is getting safer all the time. Most department stores step up the amount of their security personnel just prior to Black Friday and have instituted ticket systems to reduce the chaos when the doors open. Just keep these Black Friday shopping tips in mind and you’ll have an even safer shopping experience. Now all you need to do is figure out how to avoid overspending this holiday season.
Deliah Abraham is Black Friday connoisseur. She and her husband, Corey, have an amazing system involving cell phone deal checking at multiple stores and set buying guidelines that has enabled them to save up all year round and get phenomenal deals on high end appliances and furniture for their home.