Black Friday can be overwhelming for anyone – especially seniors. Early hours, aggressive crowds and long lines can get tiring quickly. However, the unbeatable sales keep people coming back every year. Consider these tips to avoid chaos on Black Friday.
Gather a group
Everyone wants a piece of Black Friday deals. That means that parking lots will be packed. Keep things easier by carpooling with a few friends. That way, you’ll save gas and have a few friends that can offer their opinion on gift ideas. Be sure to stick together so that no one gets lost in the crowds, which can be very intimidating.
Big red signs can be overstimulating. When people go shopping, they may go a little sale-crazy and lose focus of the task at hand. That’s why planning in advance can help you avoid getting off track and leaving with unnecessary items. Look up store sales in advance and have an idea of what you want to get for loved ones. That can help lessen the amount of time you spend waiting in line and help you zero in on only a few stores in the shopping mall.
Sometimes, people do get a little carried away in their shopping. Tell all your friends in to keep their receipts during Black Friday. Even though you got a great deal, you may discover when you get home that the gift you bought is unnecessary. Most stores will happily accept products back after Black Friday, even if the price of the item has returned to normal.
Wear comfortable clothing
Since you might end up in a few considerably long lines, it’s best to dress comfortably. Wear supportive sneakers and comfortable clothes. Also, dress warm! November can be a little chilly here in New England.
Many people may think the only time they will get great deals during the holidays is on Black Friday. Luckily, Cyber Monday is also an option for big discounts and deals. People can get just as good of deals online and skip the crowds and lines. If you consider yourself computer-savvy, this may be a better option for you.
Most shoppers get a little discouraged and upset if they can’t find what they’re looking for. However, it’s important to not give up. Many items, possibly some you’re interested in, are often left near cash registers by other shoppers. If you can’t find a product you want, look up front before leaving the store. You might be surprised what you find!
Though Black Friday can be the most chaotic, all holiday shopping is hectic. Packed parking lots and hurried groups of people can often deter seniors. However, don’t let it stop you from crossing a few items off your holiday shopping list. Contemplate these suggestions this season to get everyone on your list what they want without getting frustrated.