As Black Friday approaches, eager shoppers will be lining up hours before stores open to score this year’s hottest deals.
But perhaps the real quest will be to stay healthy, energized and awake on the day Americans are expected to spend at least $682 billion dollars.
1. Don’t forget to eat
Even if you’re bundled up in your sleeping bag and lawn chair outside of Best Buy while last night’s turkey has yet to enter its second stage of digestion in your stomach, don’t forget to stay hydrated and fed before you maneuver through the crowds
Pack a snack and get plenty of water.
2. Wear comfortable shoes
While this may seem obvious, it’s important to remember how crucial your feet are to giving you the support you need while trying to snag those doorbusters. Inappropriate footwear can lead to arch and heel pain or blisters.
“Choose shoes that have a lot of support and can keep you comfortably on your feet for as long as needed,” Keri Gans, a nutritionist from New York City, told U.S. News and World Report.
3. Make a budget
Shopping may be a physical workout, but Black Friday takes an emotional toll as well. To keep your stress at bay, it may be best to discuss how much you are willing to spend before you hit the stores.
“Openly discuss any financial limitations that may be occurring and how you might approach the holidays with this in mind,” Scott Bea, a psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, told LiveScience, adding that Cyber Monday may be a better option for those who want to avoid large crowds.
4. Look for eco-friendly products
Look for organic products, natural fiber clothing, electronics that are rechargeable batteries, or solar. And if you do not need it, do not buy it. Also, take your own bags with you, this is the most wasteful time of the year. What will you do, then, with all those bags?
5. Less is more
You don’t have to go with your family to buy, but if that’s your habit, take a single car, and if you are the one who will buy, tell the others to stay home. Prevent your car from coming and going in these times because there are always problems. Carpool with your friends, this way you all can save time and fuel, besides parking gets easier.
6. Beware of thieves
Bring a small wallet and just take the necessary with you.
7. Support local businesses
There are many small shops throughout the city, including boutiques, specialty supermarkets and retailers who are there for you. It would be perfect that you avoid huge malls.
8. Take a natural tranquilizer
Be patient; remember that the day before you gave thanks, and it wouldn’t be a very good example that the next day you’re seen fighting with a woman who wanted the same portfolio as you. Breathe; you can take Rescue Remedy.
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