Hello everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving, surrounded by the people you love most. But today, I am not going to be talking about Thanksgiving, I am going to be talking about the day after, Black Friday.

Every year, My cousin, my mom and I always go Black Friday shopping together. This little tradition has been going on for 5 years, so I think I have figured out some of the ropes for Black Friday.

I hope you all enjoy these tips!

My first tip and probably my most important tip is to not start shopping until at least 1am.  I know that people say shopping at midnight is half the fun, but you will probably end up spending more times stuck in long lines. I also know a lot of people who will start their Black Friday shopping on Thanksgiving, and while you will probably not be tired, you are losing precious time with your family, so is the deal really even worth it then? I always go Black Friday shopping at 3-4 AM, so I can still get the good gift sets and deals, while still getting to spend time with family.

I also never go to the crazy stores, such as Target, Best Buy Ulta, or Walmart. Those stores are normally where everything crazy happens. If you really want one the deals they have, I would just go at a later date, because normally they restock in the morning and afternoon after the rush.

Even though you have probably eaten SO much food at Thanksgiving, I would definitely eat breakfast or at least get something into your stomach before shopping. The lines at the mall will probably take forever, and who wants to be stuck shopping on an empty stomach?

Since most people go Black Friday shopping to get Christmas gifts, I would definitely recommend planning out what you are getting for each person on your list. This is something I forget almost every year but this time I have a plan! It will honestly make your shopping trip 100 times easier so you do not have to waste any extra time.

Finally, I just wanted to say that you should be kind to every single worker you come in contact with. They have compromised their holiday to work and they deserve respect. If something does not go your way and they have tried to help you, do not take your anger out on them. They are probably just as tired as you, if not even more.

I hope you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday! Hopefully, these tips can help make it easier.

Xoxo, Ava