Get ready for Black Friday, girls! It is a little more than one week away and not only is it the BIGGEST shopping day of the year, but it kicks off the thing that stresses us out most – the dreaded Christmas shopping season. Prepare yourself people. Expect to go to stores only to find that the entire population of your city has beat you there, end up parking half a mile from the store, and fight your way through aisles of screaming children and rude shoppers, all in a mad frenzy trying to find something to wrap up and put under a tree.
During this hellacious process, please try to remind yourself the reason for the season and try not to lose your mind. Here are a few key points to consider before venturing out to the stores this year.
- Know what you are looking for when you arrive. Go with a plan of exactly what you need from each store. Prepare for this by looking at ads for each store in your weekly paper, or by checking their website or calling before you go to be sure they carry the item you need. If you get to a store this time of year only to find that they don’t even have the item you came for, saying you will be a little upset is a serious understatement.
- Ask the store associates for help finding items throughout the store. I swear there is nothing that ticks me off more than someone lollygagging around the aisles when I am clearly on a mission. Don’t do this. You will only get in the way and cause more stress.
- Make sure you have everything you need before entering the checkout line. Do not remember something that you forgot to get in the store when you get to the cashier and ask if you can “run back” and get it. The people waiting in line behind you will most likely stone you.
- Leave your kids at home. I love children. I honestly do! But a crowded store during the busiest shopping season of the year is no place for a child. Do yourself (and everyone shopping around you) a favor and get your husband or babysitter to watch the kids while you shop. Tell yourself it’s a “girls day out” for yourself if you need to!
- Stay home if you are sick. Really? Do I even need to elaborate on this one? No one wants someone hacking up some strange bodily fluids on them in close proximity.
And finally, the easiest and most important point of all:
- Remember to smile and offer a holiday greeting to fellow shoppers and store personnel. Just take a deep breath and do it. It will make you feel better and just may make the day of whoever you say it to.
Happy holidays, girls!
- Cait Writes – 4 Tips for Successful Christmas Shopping (wordshakermag.wordpress.com)