It's the most wonderful time of the year...or is it?

For many people, the day after Thanksgiving is fraught with stress, thanks to the dreaded Black Friday sales.

Just thinking about dealing with crowds of people fighting over discounted items is enough to make anyone break out into a cold sweat.

Never fear, though - we're here to help you survive Black Friday unscathed.

Here are some tips on how to deal with the chaos and come out on top.

Make a Plan of Attack

Black Friday is not the time to wing it.

You need to have a plan of action if you want to get through the sales without losing your mind.

Figure out which stores you want to hit up and what items you're hoping to find discounts on.

Once you have your game plan, stick to it!

Trying to navigate through crowds of people while also trying to make spontaneous decisions is a recipe for disaster.

Rise and Shine Early

If you want to score the best deals, you need to wake up at the crack of dawn and chug a cup of coffee to be one of the first people in line when the doors open.

Many stores open their doors as early as 5 or 6 am on Black Friday, so be prepared for an early wake-up call if you want to get ahead of the crowd.

Trust us, it's worth it when you snag that must-have item at a fraction of the price.

Bring Backup

Black Friday shopping is not a solo activity - it's a team sport!

Enlist friends or family members who are also looking for deals on specific items. That way, you can split up and cover more ground in less time.

Plus, it's always more fun to shop with someone else and your hubby can carry the bags!

Stay Calm and Collected

Once you're inside the store, it's tempting to go into full-on panic mode as you try to grab everything on your list before anyone else does.

However, this will only result in overwhelm and frustration.

Instead, take a deep breath and stay calm. Move methodically through the store and grab items one by one.

And whatever you do, don't get into a fistfight over a discounted item - it's just not worth it!

Take Breaks

Shopping can be exhausting, so make sure to take breaks throughout the day.

Grab a bite to eat or step outside for some fresh air when you start to feel overwhelmed.

And if all else fails, there's always online shopping...which is what we have done for years, even before the pandemic.

Know When to Quit

Sometimes the best decision is to walk away empty-handed.

If you're stressed out and not finding any good deals, continuing to fight the crowds is probably not worth it.

Just remember, there's always next year!

Don't Spend More Than You Can Afford

Just because something is discounted doesn't mean that you need to buy it.

It can be easy to get caught up in all of the excitement and spend more money than you intended but try to stick to your budget as best as you can.

Remember, just because something is on sale doesn't mean that it's a good deal especially if it's outside of your budget!

Remember to Breathe

Black Friday doesn't have to be a nightmare - with a little bit of preparation, you can make it through without breaking a sweat (or breaking the bank).

By following these simple tips, you'll be able to brave the crowds and come out victorious (and maybe even enjoy yourself in the process!).

As for us, we've been there, done that, and hated every moment of it.

Never having had a love for walking in stores I have waited in line at the crack of dawn only to have the "latest and greatest" item sold out before I was able to get one.

One year the item sold out at just two people ahead of me in line!

I have been elbowed and hit on the head and came out losing, my hair all over the place. Not pretty.

I vowed nehh-verrr again - and I have stuck to it.

So, I have been shopping online for years and enjoy a stress-free day after Thanksgiving peacefully eating a turkey sandwich and maybe catching a Christmas movie or a little snooze.

Whether you love Black Friday at the stores or prefer online, Happy Shopping!

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