Guide to Black Friday Shopping

Angelina Andrade, Writer

While it’s normal to think of Black Friday as the day where everyone camps out outside stores to be the first to get inside, last year brought a rise in online shopping. While online shopping had typically been reserved for Cyber Monday, during the holiday season last year many shoppers turned to online shopping, not only during the holidays but year round. 


Black Friday shopping is also not just for the actual day of Black Friday, it’s easy to find sales going on on many websites from popular businesses during this time of year. Most retail stores have a right in your face sale going on generally as soon as you open their website. 


But if you are planning on going in store this year, it’s important to know what you’re getting into. “I plan on buying clothes and beginning my Christmas shopping,” Shaila Garcia, 12, says. Or maybe you’re more like Daniel Jimenez, 11, “I’m mostly looking for video games and things for myself mostly.” No matter what it is, from gifts for loved ones or just something nice for yourself, it’s a good idea to know what you’re looking for. 


And something not most people think is, now the store you’re shopping at, now the layout and where the things you’re looking for are at, it’s helpful when you want to be the first to snatch a good deal. Making sure to have a budget and you stick to it is almost a great idea.  


“I prepare myself to wait in long lines and make sure I limit myself on the amount of money I spend,” Garcia answered when asked how she prepares for Black Friday shopping. Jimenez said something similar when asked if he had any advice for those new to Black Friday shopping, “Get ready to wait in long lines, definitely have your phone fully charged.” 


Black Friday is on the 26th of November, but it isn’t the only time or way to get deals at your favorite stores. Online shopping is a safe and overall easier way to shop, especially in a time like this where we were expected to wear masks and keep from spreading Covid-19. At the end of the day the most important advice is to stay safe.