Raising a family is hectic – every member demands your patience and attention. From chef to chauffeur, you’re the glue that binds. On top of that, Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Sure, there’s plenty of food, fun, and merriment, but there’s also plenty of messes to clean up. And then there’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday – the most chaotic and exhilarating shopping days of the entire year. That whole week is going to be exhausting! But don’t worry – we’re here to help! Here are some tips for Black Friday and Cyber Monday to help you get through it all.
Make a game plan
Make a list of hot items that you’d like to purchase – the newest gaming console, fresh clothes for your kids, a fancy new appliance, etcetera. From this list, devise a plan to make sure you don’t overextend yourself financially. Also be sure to research specific brands and products as they may have better deals than their competitors. These brands may even have special apps for your smartphone that could provide even further savings. Listing out what you’re going to get and how much you’ll spend goes a long way in ensuring your shopping success.
Keep your money under wraps
The first big rule is to update your banking and credit card info. This minimizes any problems and helps prevent digital theft. Some also recommend using the envelope method – split up your planned purchases into envelopes, and store its cash and coupon inside. This reduces what cash you’re holding at any given time, and helps keep you within your financial goals.
Leave the kids at home with a sitter
It’s going to be chaotic on Black Friday, and having your children with you only adds to the list of things you need to keep your eye on. Plus there might be some adults behaving badly: pushing, arguing, and even fighting. Kids tend to emulate adults, and you don’t want them to copy the worst of the bunch, so it may be best to keep them from experiencing this. In the end, they’ll have a better time playing at home, and you’ll have an easier time navigating elusive Black Friday deals.
Look for deals where you normally wouldn’t
Although electronics are typically the biggest ticket items, great deals can be found in the appliances section. Black Friday is certainly the perfect time to upgrade your washer and dryer. And if you do get a new washing machine, don’t forget to stock up on some Purex products as well. Walmart, Target, or other retailers might be offering store-wide discounts, so be sure to take advantage of them.
Protect your digital self
On Cyber Monday, most of your shopping will be online. Your digital safety is paramount, so make sure to update your computer’s system, browser, and anti-virus. Keeping these up-to-date will help keep your data and your identity safe.
Use free shipping as much as possible
Depending on where you live, how much you purchase, and how many retailers you purchase from, shipping costs can easily stack up. It could even bloat to the point where it negates any savings you may have found! Many online retailers such as Amazon offers free shipping, so definitely keep this in mind while searching for deals. Sometimes, the best Cyber Monday deals don’t just come from discounts, but from perks as well.
Wear clean and comfortable clothes
On Cyber Monday, chances are you’re not going to change before you start hunting for the perfect deals. This means that what you’re wearing is going to be incredibly important, because you’re going to be in that outfit for most of the day. So wear pajamas that are fresh and clean – it’ll make your day flow that much smoother!
And then, rest!
Everyone’s well fed, the family’s satisfied, and you can cross off everything on your wish list. It looks like Thanksgiving weekend went by smoothly! All that’s left for you to do is to lean back, put your feet up, and have a cup of cocoa – every success deserves a reward!
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