The day after Thanksgiving (also known as Black Friday) is known to be the busiest shopping day of the year. Many people try to get a head start on holiday shopping or finally nab a discount on an item they’ve had their eye on. Below you will find tips on how to shop without the hassle and stress of long lines and crowds.
Stay in your pajamas and shop from the comfort of your couch this Black Friday. Many companies have shifted their usual Black Friday doorbuster sales to online sales to discourage crowds in stores and encourage online shopping. Some retailers are even starting sales early and extending them later than usual to sweeten the deal. Skipping long lines, spending more time with family, and not having to find a parking spot at the mall—what could be better?
Take advantage of curbside pickup and same-day delivery.
Many companies are providing more options than ever to conveniently receive your purchases, while minimizing physical contact with others. If you need an item quickly, check if the retailer offers curbside pickup options so you don’t have to enter the store to retrieve your purchase, or take advantage of expedited shipping options. Some stores are even offering same-day delivery.
Don’t forget about Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday traditionally is the Monday following Thanksgiving that retailers often offer sales and special offers for online shopping. Many retailers are likely to extend sales through Cyber Monday so don’t fret if your favorite items go out of stock, or aren’t on sale on Black Friday, there’s a chance you can score on Cyber Monday.
Consider ditching the Black Friday chaos, and opt to buy local or from small businesses.
Black Friday can feel overwhelming and rushed. Consider skipping Black Friday for your holiday shopping this year, and instead buying from a small business or local shop—many have online stores or websites. Now more than ever, small businesses need support. Plus, buying from a small business instead of a large corporation can give you more unique, heart-felt gift options that your friends and family will appreciate.
Happy holiday shopping!