7 Tips To Survive Black Friday – For Shoppers and Retail Employees

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Black Friday is here and it can definitely be intense, so here are 7 tips for both shoppers and retail employees to help ease the madness. Every one stay safe out there!


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1. Plan what you are going to get ahead of time. If you have had you eye on something for a while, this might be the perfect time to get it! Start doing your research now.

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2. Take anything that you think may help you while shopping, such as extra bags and maybe even suitcases for all of stuff you are going to snag.

3. Have a system or game plan for your shopping trip. Map out the stores you want to hit and create a route to beat the crowds. Maybe even stick to malls or shopping centers that you are familiar with too, so you already know where all of your favorite shops are.

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4. Wear comfortable shoes. You will be on your feet for hours, running from store to store, you definitely want to wear your walking shoes, something with plenty of support.

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5. Stay hydrated and plan your meals. Even though you still might be in a food coma from your Thanksgiving feast, you should still pack sandwiches and tons of water just in case. You do not want to wait in more crazy lines for food.

6. Do not forget to take breaks. You may not want to miss out on some valuable shopping time, but breaks are important. All of those hours of shopping will take a toll on you and you will need some time to recharge.

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7. Be realistic and keep your sanity. Even though Black Friday comes only once a year, there will always be sales. If you do not snag everything that you wanted, you can always check online or come back for another sale. You do not have to freak out over one item, there are also plenty of alternatives.

Retail Employees:

1. Plan your day before work. Some of you may have to work Thanksgiving day, so set some time aside before work for time with your loved ones.

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2. Try to get dropped off, carpool and arrive extra early. Parking is possibly one of the hardest things you have to deal with on Black Friday, so your best solution would be to be dropped off and not have to worry about fighting for a parking spot. You can also choose to carpool with a fellow employee if you cannot be dropped off. Now, whether you are driving yourself, being dropped off or carpooling, you should still give yourself extra time to get to work, because traffic will be crazy!

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3. Dress comfortably and wear comfortable shoes. You are going to be working an extra long shift and will be on your feet for hours, so wear clothing that you will be fine in for those long hours.

4. Try to move around as much as you can. Some of you will be running up and down the sales floor, but for you cashiers, you will be stuck in one stop, so try to stretch and move your legs around any chance you get.

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5. Stay hydrated and make sure you eat. It is going to be a hectic day and you do not want to deal with shoppers if you’re hungry, it might make you feel even more frustrated. Many malls or stores provide food for there employees, but if they do not, be sure to pack a lunch before work. Drink tons of water so you can minimize headaches of chance of dehydration while working long shifts.

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6. Make sure you take your breaks! You might be caught up in all of the madness and forget to take your breaks, but you need them! Most stores establish scheduled times for employees to take their breaks but if they do not, constantly follow up with your manager on the times you need your break. You need time away from all of the maddens in order to recharge and make it through your shift.

7. Keep calm and take deep breaths! You may have to deal with shoppers haggling you for the best sale but just take a deep breath and respond with the best answer. Everyone is a little on edge on Black Friday, but just relax and remain composed. Freaking out can cause you to faint or hyperventilate, just remember your training and do your job to the best of your abilities. Walk away from any situations that make you uncomfortable.

Good luck to you all!

Denise Jones (@youknowdenise)

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Denise posted this on November 27th, 2015 in : EventsFeaturesGeneral