You will not catch me out shopping today. I worked in retail jewelry for 7 years. I would rather poke a 400 degree sharp piece of lead through both of my eyes than go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Mmm Hmm. It’s not worth the $25.00 I may (or may not) save. Want to know the truth? You won’t save a dime today. You won’t. Sure the sales are fantastic. Sure the deals are phenomenal. Sure. But you will buy more than you bargained for and you will end up spending more than you planned. Why? Because that is what this day is designed to do… make you spend more money.
But for those of you die hards who swear by shopping on the biggest retail day of the year, here is some advice.
- Remember that every single clerk you come in contact with is already sick of Christmas. They are working extra hours. Our local mall will open at 4:00 a.m. this year. That means most of the employees will be there by 3:00 a.m. meaning they will wake up somewhere around 2:00 a.m. to come in and try to serve you. They are tired. They are sick of the complaints. They hate the customers already and there is still almost an entire month to go until the madness ends. Treat them with kid gloves.
- Remember your manners. Don’t cut in line. Don’t run your cart into the old lady who takes up the entire middle of the aisle and walks slower than a snail. Try very hard not to grit your teeth. Maybe sing a little Christmas jingle to make your spirits bright. If that doesn’t work, take a thermos filled with Kahlua and coffee. That will settle your frayed nerves.
- If they don’t have what you came for don’t complain. You will find a lot of stock running out. Especially if you wait until Sunday to shop. Seriously though — they’ll get more in next week. Just go home, pop a Valium, watch some football, and be merry.
There you go. From a retail veteran. My best advice though?