The Thanksgiving Gift that Keeps Giving

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We are the generation of broke college students, as much as we don’t like to admit it. And a college student’s best friend (besides $.99 Ramen and a meal plan) is a deal. With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, we can all be getting a little antsy for the sales to come.

Black Friday is supposed to be on the day after Thanksgiving, but with consumer culture on the rise, stores start opening up as early as 6pm on Thanksgiving Day. If you are a person whose family has Thanksgiving earlier, then right after your meal would be optimal time for you to get in line to whatever store you are most excited for. However if you are not, I do not recommend having a friend save your spot in line unless it is just you because Black Friday brings out the warrior in every stay at home mom and every adorable toddler in the US. My second piece of advice for you would be to make sure you’ve clearly mapped out what exactly you want from that store. It also helps if you know the layout of the store in general but be careful because a lot of stores change up the positions of their goods to give everyone a fair chance. Also, make sure that there are no online deals for what you already want because you do not want to waste your time rushing through Thanksgiving.

My next tip is for all shoes and clothing… know your size. And I’m not talking about knowing your size in general but know your size at that store because at the end of the day you’re going to be too busy to have time to try everything on. If you know size you wear at each specific store (because we all know sizings can vary), it will cut your shopping time almost in half. And if you don’t get what you want immediately don’t be discouraged a lot of the times people will resell things or the store will have sales on Cyber Monday. My last piece of advice for Black Friday is safety more important than anything else

Now as we roll ourselves into the digital era. There will be a twin pairing of Black Friday on the Internet; this is what we call Cyber Monday. Several days for all of those who either didn’t get what they want it on Black Friday, have late family dinners or were just too full to walk anywhere the day after Thanksgiving. Even though it seems as easy as clicking a button and emptying your cart, I still have a couple tips for you today. The last thing you want is for your Wi-Fi to go out or your computer to slow down because of all the online shopping that’s going on so make sure that you have tested your Wi-Fi and your computer is in good enough condition. Another thing that should be carefully considered (and this goes for Black Friday too) is to make sure you have enough money in your account and keep track of everything you are buying. You do not want to be caught with something you really want for a really great deal but there’s no money in your account or your wallet. Don’t be so anxious and worried about the big websites running out, they deliberately overstock so that they will be able to oversell so started smaller chains first. And lastly a lot of websites, especially clothing websites, that give out daily deals will probably still be giving out Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals way after the days have passed so don’t give up even if the clock strikes twelve.

This is the advice that has been brought to you for your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping pleasures go forth and be merry. And don’t forget this is the best time to buy Christmas gifts!!

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