The Lunch Hour Revolution #8

These posts are intended for people who claim they are “too busy” to pursue things that we think should be done in our spare time. Spare time just doesn’t fall in your lap. You have to make time. These posts will focus on things that can be done in the little time set aside for lunch.

Black Friday is almost upon us. To be completely honest, I am sick of hearing bout Black Friday sales and deals. The fanaticism in this country is too much. But, Christmas is coming up and people need to get their shopping done. This Lunch Hour Revolution post should help you get some clarity for navigating the holiday shopping rush.

1) Make lists. If you haven’t done so already, make a list of all the people you absolutely need to buy for. Also, make a list of the people you may or may not want to buy for. For the first list, try to get an idea of what those people are asking for or need. With the second list, narrow down who you really will buy for and remove the people who never return the favor or have been repeatedly ungrateful in the past.

2) Do your research. Check online for prices. Many stores already have their Black Friday deals available for the world to see. *Be sure to read the fine print. Many retailers will have limited quantities and many of those Black Friday deals will actually run throughout the entire holiday season. Some products are actually special run just for Black Friday and lack many key features to get their price down. Some of those good deals really are too good to be true.

3) If you can buy something online and avoid the Black Friday madness, do it. In my experience, many of the prices on deals in-store are also available online. Like I said above, read the fine print. Retailers will let you know if their deals are available in-store only.

I strongly suggest avoiding the madness all together, but your shopping needs to get done somehow. Over the course of a couple lunch breaks, you can come up with an excellent game plan to get the most out of your time and money.

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