Shopping Tips from a Shopaholic

thACZ2MT5UHow was Black Friday for you? It was a hit and a miss for me. I think this may be my last year. Although I am still on the fence about that. Who knows what next year’s shopping event will bring, right. It could be amazing after the disappointment many stores faced this year, oh maybe they will try to compensate for what was lost this Black Friday by offering more and better deals than ever before. Who knows, anything can happen.

I think this shopping holiday would have been ok if I had just tweaked my technique just a little. There were a few things I did and did not do that probably hindered my shopping experience. Although, I was able to make up for these losses later. However, at the time I had no idea that it would happen as it did. I guess everything always works for the best. Am I right?

With all that being said, I would like to share with everyone my mistakes in hopes that no one will have to make them as well when that lovely shopping extravangza weekend rolls around.   Trust me it will be here before you know it.

Set More than One Alarm

I know this is an amateur move but one that I did. I normally wake up somewhat early anyway, just out of habit.   Therefore, I figured I already wake up around that time I will just stay up until it is time for me to make it to the stores. What I did not take into consideration is how dog awful tired I am in the morning. Sometimes after an hour or so of inactivity I tend to fall back to sleep for a few hours. This was one of those days. I was up for like almost two hours, just doing nothing watching to and reading a news article when before I knew it I was waking up again. However, I was lucky. At least I would have been if some other things did not go wrong, but I digress.

Know Your Store

This kind of goes without saying but this is not the time to try out a new mall or location. Go with what you know. That will eliminate any time wasted by trying to locate stores and malls. Better yet, shop in an area that is familiar to you and that have all the spots you will like to hit in one cluster.

Scout Beforehand

This is something I never really thought of before but something that I wished I had done. When I found the items I had on my list that was a “great buy”, I was disappointed that the quality did not live up to what I expected from such a high-end department store. Although the item or items may have been wonderfully priced it also felt as though it was cheaply made. Which disappointment me to no end. This caused a few items to go without being purchased that day.


What I noticed and this was the greatest takeaway this year, is to wait. Do not feel a need to rush and purchased something on that day. Those it is that I was unable to get that weekend I was able to bet the same thing a few weeks later. Actually, I saved more money and I bought better quality items. Unless you are buying some super discounted electronic that has a limited quantity, I would suggest you just wait. Wait and watch for coupons and rewards. Trust me the closer it gets to the end of the year the more these stores seem to be dishing out the savings!

I hope these little tips and suggestion benefits you in some way and makes your time with you family just that time with the family. Not a time to rush and become Super Consumer man!

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