Turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce. Yep, Thanksgiving – or, in shoppers’ parlance, Gray Thursday – used to be so simple. Or at least it seems that way now, as irresistible mega-sales vie for our time and attention. While deep day-of and Black Friday discounts have become as traditional as pumpkin pie, it’s easy to get a bit overwhelmed.
This Thanksgiving, give yourself the gift of a holiday game-plan. A commitment to your family and yourself for how you’ll divide your time – and how you’ll practice gratitude on what has become the most highly anticipated, and potentially rewarding, shopping day of the year.
Communication is Key, So Start Early
“Who’s going where?” “What time are we waking up?” “Who’s hitting the clothes, the electronics?”
“Where should we meet?” “Are we actually gonna…eat?”
Phew. The logistics can be dizzying if you don’t think them through in advance. To avoid a collective Thursday morning meltdown, start a pre-holiday email chain with your nearest and dearest. Ask everyone to discuss their ideal shopping-feasting balance. Be open-minded and open to compromise. Discussing your Thanksgiving and Black Friday plans in advance helps avoid the chaos and confusion of everyone running in different directions.
Make a Plan. And Stick to It.
Once there’s consensus, or something close to it, make a family commitment to stick to your agreement. And remember – no one plan is better than another. If your family wants to hit the Thursday afternoon sales, have at it! If you’ve decided that Thanksgiving is all-feasting, no-shopping, right on! If you’ll be the first family pitching a parking lot tent for Black Friday deals, more power to you!
No matter where your plan lands you, remember that Thanksgiving is still about gratitude. Whether you’re spending most of Thursday and Friday around the dinner table, or scouring store shelves for the year’s best deals, a thankful attitude is what makes the holiday a happy one.
Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
We’re not talking calories. (Enjoy yourself! The gym will be there tomorrow.) As Black Friday blurs into Gray Thursday and more and more stores are offering eye-popping discounts, getting overzealous, and overspending, seems almost inevitable.
But remember, you have a plan. And that includes a budget. Make a list of dream items – that top, those heels, that tennis racquet, those earrings – and then a B list, as well, for the things you’d like but can live without. Narrowing down your heart’s desire will help you check in-the-moment impulse buys that can blow your budget.
At the end of the day, Thanksgiving is still about gratitude for the positive people and things in our lives. If some deals slip through your fingers, try your best to brush it off. If family commitments keep you at home and away from the super-sales, hop online. We’ve got the feeling there will be plenty of deals to choose from. And, of course, there’s always Cyber Monday.
How will you be dividing your time on Thanksgiving? Are you setting a pre-dawn alarm to be first in line on Black Friday? Comment below!