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It's been a long held tradition in my life to participate in Black Friday every year! When I was younger, I would stay home and babysit my cousins so my aunt and uncle could shop.
Then, I started hitting the sales on my own. Now, I've indoctrinated my husband into the joy and bustle of post-Thanksgiving Day deals and we have a good time. And do you know my keys to having a good time on Black Friday? Being prepared and having reasonable expectations.
By reasonable expectations, I mean that you need to understand that everything is just stuff. And there's no reason to be a horrible person over stuff. So, stop grabbing, pushing, and yelling. Get what deals you can and be grateful for those.
Everything else is just stuff. And as far as being prepared, here's my tips for prepping for Black Friday: what to wear and what to pack in your purse!
Comfy Dark Pants: I like wearing slim fit pants or leggings in a dark color. Hey, there's lots of walking and bending (and you don't want to be tugging and pulling up pants all the time) and tons of dirt and spills (and a dark color hides stains).
Relaxed Jersey Top: Jersey is great fabric that breathes and doesn't wrinkle. I like to wear one that's got a relaxed cut so I'm not accidentally flashing my post-baby rolls at the world.
Infinity Scarf: I always like to wear and infinity scarf as an extra layer. Go with a thin one so you can take it off and stuff it in your purse easily when it gets hot.
In Your Purse:
A Bottle of Water: I stash one in my purse because I'm always thirsty!
Chapstick: Forced heat and dehydration can make your lips chapped so I always have one of these on me.
Lotion: Same as with the chapstick, have some lotion on hand for your… hands.
Smart Phone or Similar: I make sure to load my smart phone up with shopping/coupon apps.
Mini Tissue: Keep a mini pack of tissues handy for blowing your nose, restrooms out of toilet paper, and cleaning/touching icky stuff.
Band-aids: I always have these on me because I am a huge klutz (and don't want to bleed all over the merchendise).
What's your Black Friday must haves?