With Black Friday 2021 right around the corner, here’s some BF trivia. It’s a little-known fact that Black Friday was first acknowledged in Philadelphia in 1961. It was called Black Friday because of the heavy traffic and noisy pedestrians. The day after Thanksgiving has been the official start of the Christmas shopping season since 1952. But, not until recently has Black Friday come to be the day when retailers went from ‘red’ to ‘black’ in sales. And, shoppers flood the stores and online sites looking for the best deals possible.
3 Types of Black Friday Shoppers
It appears to me there are 3 main types of Black Friday shoppers. There are probably more (or maybe less) but these three have become apparent to me as a life-long Black Friday shopper myself. See which you are and decide if you might want to modify your type. 🙂
#1 The Warrior
The first type might be called the Warrior. This shopper begins the Black Friday attack as soon as the doors open; whether that’s some time on Thanksgiving or at 5 a.m. on Friday morning or even midnight. Warriors come prepared with a list of what they’re getting and where everything is. They consider themselves assertive rather aggressive. However, if that DVD player is on their list, in the Warrior universe then it is rightfully theirs and it belongs in their cart. (They’re usually polite and apologetic to those that get pushed aside. Usually.)
#2 The Hunter
The second type of Black Friday shopper is the Hunter. Hunters are similar in some ways to Warriors, but they typically don’t shop on Thanksgiving. (They want to, but they opt to go to bed early so they can beat all the Warriors to the front of the line in the morning.) Hunters are also very organized with their detailed shopping lists and plans of attack.
They’re wearing comfortable shoes and clothes. And, they have a protein bar in their purse JIC there isn’t time for breakfast. (However, they did make an essential Starbucks run on the way.) Hunters are on a mission to hunt and catch their prey (that DVD player), but they are quiet, calculating, and effective. While the Warriors are loudly battling other Warriors for their quest, Hunters quietly slip in and take the prize.
#3 The Butterfly
Lastly, are the Black Friday Butterflies. Butterflies are typically happy and calm. They enjoy taking their time and smelling the roses. They don’t enjoy getting up before dawn, waiting in long lines, being anywhere there are fluorescent lights, and being without something sweet to drink. Therefore, BF Butterflies spend every last minute with family and friends on Thanksgiving (please pass the Reisling!) They go to bed at a reasonable hour after watching parades and football games all day.
Butterflies think the idea of Black Friday is cute and they’re amused at all the Warriors and Hunters who jump into the fray. That morning they opt to sleep in; being still full from Thanksgiving dinner. They really don’t like crowds (and those darn fluorescent lights), so after considering running over to Walmart and Best Buy to get in on the fun, they decide to just stay home. Butterflies actually don’t have their Christmas lists ready yet. (Aren’t you supposed to wait till AFTER THANKSGIVING?!) So, they watch some more football or Hallmark, eat some leftovers, and hope there are at least a few good deals left for when they do actually start their Christmas shopping!
5 Tips for Black Friday Shopping Success
Those shopper types are kind of silly, right? Well, maybe a teeny bit truthful. Where ever you see yourself in the types of shoppers, the tips below could be helpful if you decide to participate in one of our nation’s favorite holidays. Black Friday.
Tip #1: Create Your Christmas List
Thanksgiving is the perfect day to start the Christmas lists. Especially if most everyone you’re buying for will be together in one place. There’s a fun kids’ List for Santa that they can fill out as part of the Turkey Day activities. Near the bottom of this post is a Holiday Lists link which includes the Santa List, the Black Friday Planner, and a Christmas Shopping Tracker.
Tip #2: Study the Ads
It only makes sense to have a thorough idea of what’s out there and where. So, I suggest gathering up the ads of your favorite BF stores. The ones that I watch out for are Target, Best Buy, and Amazon (click on each for their Black Friday ads/info).
Since I tend toward the Butterfly type of shopper and therefore will be doing the bulk of my shopping online. Here’s a little list of my personal online recommendations:
Tip #3: Plan Your Route
Step it out, then Google Maps or Waze it for driving. This step is unnecessary if you’re only shopping online of course. But, if you’ll be visiting multiple stores, it would be very handy to have the route planned out. A Starbucks or other coffee stop needs to be included!
Tip #4: Prep Yourself
There’s probably no need to do any kind of a training program before Black Friday, but there are a few things to do for yourself to make the time more enjoyable for everyone. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep. Or, get as much sleep as you can, especially if you’re getting up for a super-early opening time. Eat a healthy breakfast and pop a couple of protein bars in your bag. Use your breathing (like my favorite yoga teacher says!) and step away when you feel the need.
Tip #5: SHOP
Jump in. Enjoy yourself. And, score those great deals! Americans are really lucky to have these great deal days to take the pressure off our budgets. Invite a friend and make a day of it!
Here are those forms I mentioned earlier. The Black Friday Planner has room for several gift ideas with stores or websites and prices. There’s a spot for your Shopping Attack Itinerary as well. Everything you need to lead you to Black Friday Success! Have fun with the Dear Santa form and continue your shopping experience with the Christmas Shopping Tracker. All free for you!
Winning through the Holidays
Black Friday has become one of our busiest American holidays. It can be a wonderfully fun time with its own traditions. And, then on December 1st, we enter the Advent Season, in anticipation of celebrating the most momentous birthday that ever occurred! May this time between Holidays be full of peace and joy and life for you. I believe the Baby born that day brought those gifts for us!
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