Bruh. People really be going ham on Black Friday! I mean, people do the most for some “sales.” It literally goes down…I’ve heard of some crazy things happening on that day. If you must participate in the Black Friday festivities this week, then I want you to do it the smart way. I want you to go into it prepared so that you don’t go crazy with the spending. Remember, you still have money goals that you’re trying to accomplish, so keep it cute! I’ve put together 10 things that I want you to consider while getting ready for one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Create a budget. First, ask yourself if you can even afford to shop on Black Friday. Keep it 100! If you feel that you can afford to do a little shopping, then take some time to crunch the numbers to determine how much exactly you can do. Don’t dip into the rent money or other bill money just for this day. There’s always going to be sales available for you to shop!

Make a list. This right here is crucial if you want to ensure that you shop smart and aren’t picking up any and everything on the shopping trip. Make sure to take note of those items that you ‘must have’ and those that aren’t as important because you may not be able to get exactly everything that you planned for.

Pay attention to ads/emails early. The closer it gets to the big day, stores will be sending out their Black Friday deals so you want to pay close attention to them. This is going to help you with the trip planning.

Plan the trip in advance. Which stores do you want to hit up? And in which order? Having your trip outlined will help you save time on the big day and time is money! 

Shop online instead. Not really feeling the crowds? Then you shouldn’t have to be in them. That’s why I love the good ol’ innanet, you can shop from the comfort of your own home, all snuggled up in your PJs. 

Protect yourself. Like I said, Black Friday makes people act a little crazy so make sure that you are vigilant while you’re out and about. That brings me to my next point…

Don’t go out alone. Having someone tag along with you can benefit you in a few ways. First, you have someone to watch your back just in case something pops off and secondly, your companion can track down certain items that you want while you go after other items on your list. You can’t beat that bruh.

Be cute and comfy. Make sure that you dress the part. You’re going to be in and out of stores and don’t have time to be trekking through the Target in some stilettos boo. A leisure suit, some jeans or leggings, and some cute sneakers should do the trick.

Use discounted gift cards like cash. You can purchase discounted gift cards online in advance to save even more money! Look into these sites to save: raise.com, cardcash.com, cardpool.com, retailmenot.com

Don’t be fooled and bamboozled! This is self-explanatory. Issa trap B. 

I’m rooting for you to stay on track this year! It’s nothing wrong with a little Black Friday shopping fun, but you don’t have to go overboard with it.

Now let’s talk about it. What are your Black Friday traditions? Do you tend to overspend on the biggest shopping weekend of the year? Sound off in the comments, I wanna hear from you!

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