Black Friday shopping survival kit
It’s almost time for the most anticipated shopping season of the year, including the shoppers’ marathon event, Black Friday.
Experienced extreme shoppers have been strategizing and planning for this event all year. But if you’re a rookie Black Friday participant, here are some inside tips to help you come out on top. Consider this your Black Friday shopping survival kit.
Many of the good deals run late into the night, er, or morning. One key to making it through the hours, especially after loading up on turkey’s tryptophan, is to come armed with a to-go cup of Joe.
Prepare by pre-ordering a quality to-go mug from Target.com (you can pick it up in store!) and grab a box of instant coffee, Via, too. This can be your emergency stash; simply mix with water and have an extra umph, if no warm pots are within reasonable distance. Get the special Christmas blend to help stir the holiday spirit. Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Travel Mug,$22.99 (plus Cash Back), Target.com
2. Organize your papers:
A regular handbag can’t keep your papers, maps, newspaper inserts and coupons in order. Bring a briefcase lined with file folders to keep your game plan in order.
A briefcase with a crossbody strap, like L.L. Bean’s Heritage Waxed Canvas Briefcase, is even better, because you can keep it on while keeping your hands free. There’s even space for your laptop, if you prefer to make your spreadsheets digital. Heritage Waxed Canvas Briefcase, $149 (plus Cash Back), LLBean.com
3. Feed the armies:
After filling up on dinner, it can be hard to imagine feeling hunger ever again, but when hunger strikes, don’t lose your place in line to refuel. Pack some high-protein, healthy snacks to keep you charged and focused.
Nature Valley’s protein bars are among the better tasting protein bars out there. Bars are easy because they won’t go bad or make a mess in your bag, and they’re easy to quickly consume. Pick bars with nuts, for a natural burst of energy that will sustain you. Avoid sugary promises, like energy drinks and candy, that will quickly lead you crashing. Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars, $3.48 (plus Cash Back), Walmart.com