With Halloween behind us, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. While we make plans for Thanksgiving with our family, many of us are also making shopping plans for Black Friday. Black Friday is one of the largest shopping days of the year. It seems that more stores are opening earlier each year; some even open their doors to the crowds on Thanksgiving.
The day after Thanksgiving used to be the day my mom and I would wake up before the sun came out, grab tea or coffee, and head out to join the madness at our favorite stores. At that time, it was so exciting to be one of the first people to get to the store and get our hands on the best deals for the holidays. In recent years, the scene has changed! Black Friday deals are bringing out larger crowds than ever, which means higher risk of accidents, injuries, and theft. I still love a good Black Friday shopping trip, but I live by the following tips and tricks to make sure that I make the most out of the madness that has become Black Friday Shopping.
Research deals ahead of time
The less time you spend on the roads and in the stores the less of a chance you have of getting into an unfavorable situation, like a car accident. Black Friday ads are usually posted on each stores website. It’s helpful to research and narrow down the number of stores you visit. You can also visit the store of your choice a few days ahead of time and map out where their items are shelved. This can make your shopping more efficient and helps you avoid confusion in large crowds.
Leave kids at home
Taking kids shopping with you not only slows you down but also puts you at risk. Most kids don’t like going shopping, but if you find yourself having to take your little ones with you during this busy shopping season, make sure to be cautious of your surroundings. Parents with kids spend more time loading their car which makes them an easier target for someone to grab items out of their cart or trunk while they attend to their kids.
Try to find a parking space close to the store so you are in view of others and in better range of parking lot cameras. If it’s dark outside park near a light as thieves are less likely to break into vehicles that are in spotlights. Put shopping bags in the trunk or in areas of the car that are not visible to avoid theft.
Keep your purse and wallets secure
Wear a cross-body bag to avoid leaving your purse unattended as you are shopping. Wallets shouldn’t be kept in back pockets as it will make it easier for someone to grab it.
Use one credit card for all purchases
Keep only one credit card on you just in case your wallet or purse is stolen. This way you only have to cancel one card if needed.
Wishing you a happy shopping season! As always, don’t forget to reach out to your personal lines agent to insure those valuable articles that you acquire during the holidays!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pardis Garzon is a Personal Lines Account Manager at Bouchard Insurance. Pardis is experienced in all lines of personal insurance. | Connect on LinkedIn