Free Time Fridays: Tips and Tricks to Surviving Black Friday

Molly Maid knows your time is valuable, which is why we created the “What’s Your Time Worth” Calculator to show you about how much time you’re giving up to clean your home. In our new weekly blog series – Free Time Fridays, we want to explore the novelty of free time. Instead of spending your much anticipated weekend chained to your home, take the opportunity to enjoy the things you love most. Each Friday we will feature a new bundle of activities to enjoy while Molly Maid does your dirty work…literally.

Are you thinking about braving the Black Friday madness this week? Although we can’t quite tell you how to avoid the lines, we do have some advice to help you survive this retail extraordinaire.

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Strategize: Start your shopping marathon with a strategy. If you’re going with a group, mapping out which stores you’re going to hit ahead of time can help you stay on task and maximize efficiency.

Keep it Online: Many retail stores and e-commerce sites such as Amazon have Black Friday deals entirely online. Keeping the savings while also keeping your sanity? Sounds like a perfect combination. Not all stores have Black Friday online so take some time to do some online research before heading out.

Make a list: Going into Black Friday without a list is much like going into the grocery store on an empty stomach. You will most likely find yourself overwhelmed and overspent after a Black Friday excursion sans a “must-have” wish list.

Budget: It is essential to budget in order to ensure a successful day of shopping. If you know you’re prone to getting sucked into impulse buys, bring cash and leave the credit cards at home. Shopping will be much simpler, and you’ll end your day guilt-free.

Do your research: If you’re interested in big purchases, such as electronics, research is crucial. NerdWallet suggests that you target electronics with a markdown greater than 37%. This will help you weed out the deals that will not be worth your time on the busiest shopping day of the year.

As this iconic shopping day kicks off the holiday season, we hope you remember to enjoy the family and friends by your side as you take on this enormous consumer challenge. Comment below and share with us your “must-hit” Black Friday spots!

by Molly Maid