Happy Thanksgiving to our American Divinistas! We know how crazy your days can get, especially with Black Friday right around the corner. Christmas gifts, house appliances, or simply me-to-me presents, we wouldn’t be surprised if you had a long, long shopping list prepared for the weekend. Now that the beloved shopping holiday has found its way here in Canada too, we’re as excited to take the weekend off. Make the best out of your day – and your time – with our tips on how to prepare for Black Friday.
Prep a Meal
Depending on what time you are planning to hit the stores, you should plan meals for the day ahead. You may think that you’ll have time to grab something to eat on the way, but so will everyone else. Prepare a protein-loaded dish the night before that can be easily reheated. Then, you’ll feel sustained until the end of your shopping spree – where you’ll be able to eat out without feeling rushed! Oh, and pack a water bottle, of course.
Try on Sizes Beforehand
You still have a few days to visit the stores you are planning on shopping at to try on their sizes – for tops, bottoms, shoes, and outerwear! That way, on the day of Black Friday (or even Cyber Monday), you’ll be able to grab things off the hook and purchase them right away, avoiding the line. If you’re unsure how specific pieces will fit (frills, peplum, etc.), try on those specifically a few days before.
Map it Out…
My friends have called me crazy for doing this, but I promise it works! I print out a map of the mall or area I am planning on going to, and draw out my itinerary with a red pen. That allows you to have a visual representation of the area so you don’t constantly have to take out your phone. Plus, that helps you choose a parking spot (so you can go in and out to leave bags in the trunk, of course!).
…and Plan Ahead
To have an itinerary, you would then obviously have to have a list of the stores you are planning on visiting. Instead, write down a list of items you need and items you want. Then, choose the stores accordingly, so you don’t waste time walking around aimlessly! Stay tuned to find out where the best deals are!
It’s most likely going to be cold and unbearable, especially if you go in the morning. Bundle up, but if you are planning on trying clothes, not too much! We recommend a light turtleneck sweater with a tight tank top underneath, leggings, and flat boots. Lighten up as much as possible so you don’t find yourself carrying scarves and hats everywhere.
Split Up if Needed
If you and your friends can’t seem to come to an agreement on where to go first, there’s nothing wrong with splitting up. Nothing’s worse than missing out on deals you were looking forward to because other people wanted to go somewhere else! You can plan out meeting points and check up on each other every once in a while.