If there’s anything more satisfying than melting into the couch following a multi-course Thanksgiving dinner complete with all the fixings, it has to be shopping for the best deals of the season the day after.
Hitting the shops on Black Friday has become a ritual that is as all-American as watching fireworks on the Fourth of July. And why wouldn’t it be, considering what a win-win it is for customers and retailers alike?
Over the years, however, Black Friday has evolved. Stores that used to open at 6 a.m. now open at midnight, and Cyber Monday has entered the picture, offering bargain prices online the Monday following Black Friday. All of this means that getting the best deals now requires a bit of strategy.
At INSURENEX, we want you to get the best deals for your holiday shopping, so here are a few pointers for maximizing your experience.
- Identity theft. It’s a fact: stores open early and the crowd gathers quickly. Protect yourself by keeping your cards safe in a wallet or purse. Avoid slipping credit cards into your jeans pockets and keep track of the places where you purchase items.
- Do your research. Go online before the holiday and note who has deals on what and when. Remember to factor in your opportunities for Cyber Monday.
- Patience when parking. You probably won’t be the only one searching for parking, so remember to have patience and drive with caution, as many will be crossing the lots. Parking lot accidents account for a large percentage of reported accidents, keep calm and do not fear parking far away.
- Create an itinerary. Before you go, make a list of stores in order of priority based on times they open and items you want to snap up. Then, map it so you know your route. Most of all remember to be a safe and alert shopper!
From INSURENEX to you, we wish you a very productive and enjoyable Black Friday!
Considered as the kick-off to the Christmas holiday season, Black Friday is often described as the busiest shopping day of the year. This has been true since 2005. The millions of Americans who shop on Black Friday have been keeping the streak alive for nearly seven years.