Oh Black Friday. Thinking about it gives me a mix of fear + anxiety and excitement. On one hand, it is a totally crazy day and can be incredibly overwhelming/stressful. On the other, I’ve gotten some of my best (ever) deals on that day which makes it completely worthwhile. You just have to be prepared – and ready to rise to the challenge and tackle the crazy. This year, my mom and I will be hitting up the Cape Cod Mall and the Hyannis TJ Maxx, and I’ve compiled some tips + tricks for you to help you have your best shopping day possible. (Elbows out, ladies!)
- Pack a bag (but not a heavy one!) Nothing is worse than being hungry/thirsty when you are trying to get down to business. I always, always pack a bottle of water, gum, and a Luna bar or two.
- Plan ahead. Make a list of what you are looking for, by section of the store, if possible. For example: when I am shopping at TJ Maxx, I think about going to the runway section for the designer party dress I want to buy myself; back to the home section for gifts for friends + ornaments / Christmas decor for my own apartment; and then snacks, stocking stuffers + hostess gifts up by the checkout. Mapping things out by department ensures you can get everything you need.
- Dress smart. A friend of mine told me she wears tight running clothes (think leggings and a form fitting tank) so that she can try everything on over her clothes. I’ve never done this but it is sort of brilliant, no? Also, I always stick to ballet flats as they are comfy + easily slip on and off if I need to try something on.
- Stock up on the things that everyone will like. I load up on hostess gifts (think candles, peppermint bark, pretty ornaments.) Having pretty gifts on hand (I pre-wrap them) makes the holidays a little bit easier and less stressful, and these types of things are always on super-sale during Black Friday.
- Don’t forget to shop for yourself, too! Obviously gifts are the focus here but last weekend I was out and about and found a sequin party dress for $79.99 that I’d seen on Shopbop for $600 last year. So, yeah… sometimes you just have to!
- Download a game or two to your phone. Lines are going to be unavoidable. I personally love the NY Times Crossword app or Covet Fashion.
This post was sponsored by TJX through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated to write a post about TJX #TheGifter, all opinions are my own.