How to survive America’s Thanksgiving sales

Heading to America for the Thanksgiving sales? Here’s the low-down on how to survive Black Friday

Hit the sack
Savvy sales shoppers hit the sack early the night before Black Friday, so as to have plenty of energy to sprint around the shops. It’s not only your credit card that will be getting a work out…

The early bird catches the worm
Aim to start early on Black Friday. This way you should, in theory, be able to beat the crowds and the queues – and score the hottest deals. Before you go though, remember to…

Breakfast like a king
Take heed of the old adage: “Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper.” Eating a good breakfast will set you up for a day of serious shopping – and stop you from forking out for exorbitantly priced Krispy Kremes  as soon as you arrive.

Dress sensibly
When it comes to what to wear, take a practical approach. You might be shopping for a pair of four-inch heels and a Herve Leger bandage dress, but marathon shopping sprees call for comfortable attire. Think comfortable shoes and layers that you can easily shed when you want to try items on.

Leave the kids at home/the hotel
We know you love your little ones, but trust us when we say that shopping with crying ankle biters in tow is a major no-no. Buggies, prams and crowds of overzealous shoppers don’t go, so do yourself a favour and leave the little angels in the kids’ club at your hotel.

Two’s company
When it comes to sales shopping, two is always much better than one so take a trusted friend or family member. He or she can stop you from impulse buying and look after your possessions while you grapple over a pair of shoes with a rival shopper. Above all, shopping with a friend is much more fun.

Take cash
Plastic is fantastic, but only if you’ve got the money to spend. Before buying something, picture opening your credit card come January. Unless the purchase is really worth it (like half-price Louboutins), don’t get yourself into debt. By leaving your credit card at home and only taking cash, you can limit the need for damage control.

Choose e-tail over retail
Finally, if you don’t cope well with crowds, forget all thoughts of hitting the shops on Black Friday. You’ll also save money and, most importantly, your sanity.

Happy shopping!