In Focus: Black Friday Survival Guide

By Martha Lueck

Martha Lueck


You should definitely bundle up! I know, common sense, right? But you’d be amazed at how many people seem to think the excitement for hot sales is enough to keep them from freezing throughout hours of waiting for the doors of Best Buy to open. Also, bring extra cash. You never know if you’re going to find something better for a higher cost. Finally, be aware that the people in front of you are not always going to be willing to hold your spot. They’re probably just as anxious to go bargain shopping as you are. So go to the bathroom before you wait in line.

Aaron Brooks


Black Friday? Who does that anymore? I prefer sleeping of the Tryptophan rather than waking up at 2 a.m. to wade through crowds of people to get my Christmas shopping done for 30 percent off, especially when the deals on Cyber Monday are better. Sure, you may not find all you need online, so if you must, make a short list for Black Friday.

Colin Remes


I don’t understand why anyone would subject themselves to the psychopathic mobs of moms and dads stampeding through malls and department stores because of the “deals, the sales, the price cuts and yay!” And then they all start murdering each other over the latest grade school toy craze. I did all my shopping in September. You know who has good deals: You don’t have to deal with crowds of angry, desperate and unreasonable monsters (also known as “parents”) while they trample each other to get the last of whatever toy for their spoiled brood of ankle biters (also known as “children”).

Alyssa Pracz


I’ve never gone shopping on a Black Friday before because I knew there would be tons of people – I’m not a fan of crowds. However, I’m willing to give it a try this year just for the mere fact that I can go to a mall at 2 a.m. I think it’s one of those things you have to do at least once in your lifetime. As for advice to survive the Black Friday shopping chaos, I would say a few things: it’s probably best to go with a minimum amount of people. Since there will be a lot of crowds waiting to get their hands on a sale, the odds of you losing someone are increased. Also, go in knowing what you want to buy. If you’re just at a department store to look around, you’re only wasting your time.