6 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Black Friday

11.25.2013
i think there's a pretty divisive shopping on black friday line.  you either love it or you hate it.  i admit to being on the hating side of it.  but only for the reason that i generally dislike people, and i especially dislike them in large groups.  (i prefer the company of hawkeye, and we prefer to shop from the couch on cyber monday.)


for the people that love it, i wish you luck, and i leave you with these tips.  that also apply to real life for us cyber monday shoppers.


you need a game plan.  you cannot just run willy nilly through life, nor through black friday, and expect not to get trampled.  or at the very least, miss all the good things you set out to get in the first place.  no one coddles you in the real world, so have a plan.  and a back up plan.  decide where you're going and when.  prioritize your goals, because you might not get to everything.

you can trust your game plan partner, but other than that, trust no one.  that little grandma may look sweet and innocent but you let your guard down for one second and she's swiped the last flat screen.  how'd she even lift that?!

always wear comfortable shoes.  your feet, your knees, your hips, your whole body will thank you.  you cannot walk around in heels all day every day, especially if you don't splurge for the comfy ones.  and they exist, comfy and stylish shoes, i promise you.  they're just more expensive.

caffeine is your friend.  people exist who don't like coffee.  i don't know these people.  i'm certainly not friends with any of them, they couldn't be trusted.  but on black friday, as in life, caffeine can get you through most things you just don't have the energy for.  drink the coffee.

resist temptation.  remember the game plan?  don't get sidetracked with things that look just as good that are set up along the way to your prize.  you want the computer, get the computer.  don't stop for the printer or the extra hard drive.  prioritize.

don't forget to eat.  being hangry does you no good, in life nor on black friday.  hangry is a real thing, my friends, and it's a big problem.


so what side of the fence are you on?  black friday or no black friday?

55 comments:

  1. no Black Friday! Walter and I are cyber Monday shoppers.

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  2. you dislike people and mass quantities of them as much as I do...I think you're my spirit animal.

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  3. I hate crowds too, the crowds during Black Friday are probably the worst too, but I just can't turn away a good deal, but definitely love your tips to a easy and successful shopping trip.

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  4. we don't have anything like that here in Canada but I spent American thanksgiving visiting family in Philadelphia a few years ago and I'm pretty sure I lasted 5 minutes. Too crazy for me and I didn't really even need anything. I'm with you on the not liking people, especially a lot of them at the same time :)

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  5. Still don't know what we're doing. If anything, I'll go gunning for movies but that's pretty much it.

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  6. i have never really liked the true black friday stuff. i can't imagine a sale that would convince me getting up at 3 am - or worse standing in line all night - was a good idea. i don't mind the later in the day shopping though! all the crazy shoppers are gone and the sales are still good!

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  7. like you, i also hate people and crowds so i tend to avoid black friday like the plague. there was one time when i thought i would risk it to go and get a tv, and there was so much freaking fighting and shoving and other completely nonsensical and selfish behavior that i turned right back around and went home. i only ended up spending $75 more on the tv than i would have at black friday, and the relief of not having to deal with the black friday bullsh*t was worth every penny and then some.

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  8. I would rather pay more money and not fight the crowds. I am also broke...

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    1. Agreed, it's worth a few extra bucks to not have to beat someone down for a television. Online shopping is the way to go, even though I don't really have money for that either...

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  9. Ha I love it! We don't have Black Friday here in Australia, but I do benefit by checking out Amazons Black Friday deals....still get some great bargains and no bruises...lol

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  10. So I just need to know that because I used to say #sorrynotsorry and because I like wearing leggings as pants and because I don't like coffee, can we not be friends anymore?

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  11. I'm so happy I wont be around for black Friday. I live right outside a mall and i wouldn't be able to leave my house all day. Those people get crazy!

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  12. I hate it and there is a blog post about this coming on Thursday. I also don't drink coffee. But I drink my weight in Dr. Pepper that has to count....right?

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  13. I used to LOVE Black Friday. We would get up every year at like 3AM. I lived for it. Now? I FREAKIN HATE IT. I DONT EVEN WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT ANYMORE! hahah :P

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  14. I never ever will do Black Friday, EVER. I dislike crowds and especially crowds where they are pushing and annoying. Give me a computer and I can happily shop away the hours ;)

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    1. Amen! I'm a cyber shopper for sure, all those people give me anxiety. You can find awesome deals online!

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  15. I do Black Friday when its something I usually want. Last year we went but only to take pics of the crazy people in our Walmart. It was hilarious!!

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    Krystal
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  16. I...don't drink coffee. haha. But a Mountain Dew? yes, please, and another...and maybe even another. haha.
    I had actually never gone Black Friday shopping until about 3 (or maybe 4) years ago. I think it's semi-fun. Semi because I, like you, generally just don't really like people. haha. I love the deals, hate the crowds, yet like the people watching (those bitches are crazy--and the guys are just as bad). Cyber Monday is definitely helpful.
    Also, I freakin hate that sooo many store are spilling over into Thanksgiving. It's complete & utter bullshit to me. I could see maybe 10 or 11pm Thanksgiving evening (& even that's pushing it) but the 6pm or 8pm openings on Thanksgiving Day. Hell to the NAW! I'll probably still shop this year though, but maybe later in the day when a lot of the madness has died. (I say that now, then on Thursday when I get around Doug's family -the ones I go with- and everyone is scoping papers & making their game plans they'll try to talk me into going. If so, maybe I can resist.) haha

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  17. So what if I don't drink coffee? Are you threatening me?!? I'll drink coffee for you.

    Black Friday has recently become a monster in our household. I've finally realized what an idiot I was for going all those years and how I never even bought anything worth having. Just stuff.

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  18. we dont have black fridays here (boo) but i agree with all of this when it comes to any sale. there is a warehouse sale that goes on every december (Umbra) and people line up in the dead of winter. the prices are pretty damn good too, which is why in my idiotic youth, i was right in with those losers at 4am waiting until 9am for the doors to open. in the canadian winter. where it snows all the live long day. and temps are probably around -10 or -15. yeah, stupid.

    so, we always had a game plan and like a boss, even had walkie-talkies. cell phones just didn't cut it. besides, back then, texting wasn't a thing. yes people, there was a time when texting didn't exist. accept it and move on. anyway, we brought our walkie talkies, sandwiches and snacks because we were in it for the long haul and since my husband is 6'1, he was assigned to head straight to the curtain rods (where it was utter chaos) and grab whatever we needed. i was assigned to zip along the aisles and grab all the bathroom stuff or whatever and just load up. well, didn't i see this little old lady trying to work her way through the crowd so i left my cart to help her and that biatch made a beeline for my stuff!! i damn near clothesline that bitch and hollered ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!

    then when i was waiting for my husband, i put my coat on top of my cart and was standing beside it when some lady comes right up to me, dashes my coat on the ground and starts sifting through my cart. WTF. these people are shameless i tell you!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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    1. I can't believe anyone would mess with you. I sure wouldn't!! hahahahahaha!

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  19. haha I don't drink coffee but I do like it...just don't drink it anymore. Also...it might give someone an edge to be hungry..I get kind of evil when I don't eat so I might be a better shopper that way. I don't like going anywhere near a store on Black Friday makes me realize how much I hate people.

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  20. We don't have black Friday's here, but I can't seriously even imagine the craziness!! Good to luck to those brave souls!

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  21. I don't really get into Black Friday except for online shopping. This year especially because my brother wants a PS4.
    x

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  22. Yes black Friday! I'm pretty sure my sister and I will be at the outlets at 3 AM just so we can get an extra 30% off, we love doing black Friday together.

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  23. First of all, you most certainly are friends with a non-coffee drinker. Enter me :) second, I totally planned on doing a post just like this on Thursday. Gosh I heart you.

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  24. No Black Friday! Though, I work in retail, so I will be stuck in Black Friday hell!

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  25. I myself was a black friday lover when I was still living in michigan. my sister was my partner of choice becuase she did whatever I said and was always able to wake my hungover ass up at 3am. we always brought letfovers in the car! your tips are spot on :)

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  26. I have been Black Friday shopping exactly twice and I wasn't a fan either time. Last year I even went and stood in line at 10 p.m. to wait for Target to open. I was moral support for someone else. I don't ever start my shopping until a week before Christmas anyway, so I can definitely do without it.

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  27. I did the Black Friday thing once....ONCE. IT WAS HELL and I wanted to KILL EVERYONE!! Cyber Monday it is for me!! I do venture out in the afternoon sometimes on Black Friday once all the morons have gone home and went to bed.

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  28. I just can not do the Black Friday thing. Waiting in line for hours on end and not getting the item you wanted. Totally not worth it. I would rather stay home with some wine, decorate, watch Christmas movies and shop online!

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  29. We did it ONE year. Dereck actually got there at 6am Thursday morning to get a good spot in line; I slept in because I was hungover and then finally showed up around noon with a Thanksgiving plate and Starbucks so I could scooch in line with him (line skipper, holla). We waited ALL day so he could get a flat screen while I was there for my Xbox 360 ... finally, the time comes! BUT WAIT. All of those flat screens? GONE. Dereck was fucking pissed! But I got my Xbox so it was a win for me!

    Needless to say, every time I try suggesting Black Friday again, Dereck gets this look on his face and I know he's thinking back to 2010. He'll never be the same.

    I have no reason to go this year but I might brave the mid-afternoon crowds to see if I can get a good deal on some clothes or shoes. We'll see.

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  30. Hanger is a serious real thing.

    The only shopping I do this weekend is at small businesses or online.

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  31. I hate it. There's nothing that I want bad enough to wait for hours or days or risk getting trampled to death. No thanks.

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  32. I am the worst at resisting the temptation!

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  33. ha, you are so friends with someone who doesn't drink coffee;) They do exist.

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  34. great tips! I actually don't go out on black Friday because I hate crowds too. I think i'm just going to look for some online deals this year instead. and sleep in on Friday!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak

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  35. I love black friday!!! Im so ready and I follow all of these guidelines!!! Especially Caffeine :)

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  36. Part of me is fascinated by the whole Black Friday thing...the other part of me is thankful to be a Canadian where friday is just another day, although there are a few stores around here trying to make Black Friday happen.

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  37. I've never been brave enough (or maybe just too lazy) to do this, but I know there are some seriously great deals to be had. :)

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    1. You'd have to be so dedicated to get them. Like, lined up outside an electronics store already! I just can't care that much.

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  38. I did it two years in a row. I was EXHAUSTED and embarrassed from humanity and sick from the major amount of caffeine I ingested. NEVER AGAIN.

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  39. OMG this is the best quote EVER!! Thanks for posting made me actually LOL.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com

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    1. So true, right?! It cracks me up too!

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  40. I don't like coffee, can we still be friends? It's not that I don't like it as much as I'm too lazy and cheap to spend time making it in the morning or spend all that cash at a snooty place like sbux.

    black friday sounds like my personal nightmare. crowds? greed? crazies? no effing way.

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  41. Black Friday shopping is for stupid people.

    Can you tell where I stand?

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  42. I am with you - I have never and will never go shopping on Black Friday. Fighting through crowded shops to get a little discount makes me feel claustrophobic just thinking about it. I'll take Cyber Monday in my pj's over that any day!

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    1. Lots of great deals are already online! I was just shopping at kohls.com. I can't imagine battling crowds in store to save just a few extra bucks. Not worth it to me!

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  43. I'll take Cyber Monday any time! I'd rather pay full price than fight the crowds on Black Friday!

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  44. I love Black Friday! I go with my cousin every year to help her buy things for her kids. it's so much fun, and these are spot on. (trust me, I would know, we're like BF Pros. we were once in and checked out of Toys R Us with a cart overflowing in 7min.)

    I'd also add the clothes you wear. you want to be warm standing outside, but you can't have anything restrict your mobility or getting caught on things as you're sprinting for your life.

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  45. Against it. This is the first year that I don't work in retail and have to deal with it. I think the world would be a better place with out it. Just sayin'.

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  46. Since we have nothing going on this year, I'm gonna do it (against my better judgement). I'll be hopped up on sugary Starbucks lattes and wait... last year I remember playing chicken with a douche over MY parking spot and scratched a huge dent in the side of my car. Maybe not...

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  47. i don't drink coffee...can we still be friends?! Black Friday went great for my mom and I, but we were out around 10am...not Thanksgiving or 5am craziness. Food and comfy shoes are both essential.

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.com

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