Black Friday is not only popular in the US, but actually in different parts of the globe. Why not, this is when the biggest sales day of the year happens in the United States. People all around the world try to be in the US to enjoy the great discounts they can get from designer brands and popular shops. It is a shopping extravaganza made for shopaholics.
Black Friday happens after Thanksgiving, and it actually signals the start of the holiday season. Different retailers and brands run special deals, discounts, and offers on tons of different products.
The History Of Black Friday
The day after the most awaited Thanksgiving, which is actually Black Friday, is the start of the Christmas shopping season. This event has been happening since 1952. If you will notice, parades on Thanksgiving also include the appearance of Santa in the end. This gives people the idea that Santa Claus has arrived or is just around the corner because Christmas is coming and it is considered to be the next big Christian holiday next to Thanksgiving.
In the early 20th and even in the late 19th centuries, many Thanksgiving or Santa parades were sponsored by different department stores.
Department stores take advantage of these parades to advertise their brand. Eventually, there is an unwritten rule about stores not doing Christmas advertisements until the parade is done, hence, making Black Friday a day when the exciting shopping season has officially started.
It was in the 1930s when Thanksgiving’s relationship to another event, Christmas shopping, went into controversy. Retail stores are leaning towards a longer shopping season, unfortunately, no store was interested in breaking the tradition and kicking off with advertising before Thanksgiving. Because of this, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in the year 1939, moved Thanksgiving from the last Thursday of November to the 4th Thursday of November to give people, as well as the retailers one week more of the Christmas shopping season. Despite the reinforcement made through an act of Congress, there are still people who continue to celebrate Thanksgiving on the older date and refer to the new date of Thanksgiving as Franksgiving.
How To Take Advantage Of Black Friday
Now that Black Friday is coming to a close, it is time that you know what you can do to take advantage of this most awaited event.
To give you some tips to consider, read the following:
Make sure that you have enough money saved before this big shopping day starts. Retailers and brands prepare for this event and make sure that they will give shoppers the shopping experience of their lifetime.
Saving enough is what you need to do to make sure that you won’t end up empty-handed as you enter the shops.
This is a great time to buy things you cannot afford, as they are at their best rates. If you are planning to buy something for yourself or someone else, this is the best time to do it.
Do Not Overuse Your Credit Card
This can be a very exciting event, but although very exciting, you have to know your limits. Spending more than what you can afford is something you must not do. Yes, you are free to use your credit card, but please, do not overuse it. You do not want to end up with bills you cannot afford to pay.
As early as possible, you need to give yourself limits. You need to know how much you can only spend.
Overusing your credit card will make you happy today but broke and stressed in the future. Contain your excitement, and make sure to buy items you can only afford to buy.
There are some shops that sell good prices online during Black Friday. If you do not have the time, energy, and capability to physically go to shops, then just take advantage of online shopping. You may not get the same rates nor the best and widest options online, but needless to say, the prices during this time are generally low whether it is online or in physical shops. Although not as much, you can still enjoy great discounts when you shop online during Black Friday.
Buy More To Sell In The Future, If You Can
If you have spare money to spend, then make sure to buy more and sell them in the future. One of the reasons why people squeeze themselves into a huge crowd to shop is because they want to earn. They can get items at discounted prices, in huge discounts so to speak, hence what they do is buy in bulk and sell them at a much higher price in the future.
This is a perfect opportunity for you to earn money, especially if you are into buying and selling business.
Wear Comfortable Clothes
Expect the crowd during Black Fridays to be huge, so you have to make sure that you are in your most comfortable clothes to enjoy this event. You do not want to feel conscious or uncomfortable while shopping, as instead of enjoying and buying everything you want, you might end up so stressed and eventually go home even when your shopping bag is still empty.
Wearing the most comfortable clothes is what you need to consider if you want to enjoy this fantastic shopping experience.
Be On Shops Of Your Choice Early
To make sure you can buy everything you want, go to the shops early. Expect that there are many shoppers who will go to different shops, and if you came in late, you will either buy leftover items or worse, you won’t get the chance of buying anything.
It is better to wait in the queue than not take advantage of this great shopping experience.
This event is one of the most awaited events of shoppers, businessmen, and literally anyone else. Black Friday only happens once a year, so if you can, it is strongly recommended that you take the time to join the craze.