As many of you know, Black Friday is one of the biggest sale days of the year here in the States. Almost every retailer is running major discounts on their products, just in time for the holiday season. And if you are like me, you don’t want to miss out on those deals, but, chronic illness makes shopping on a normal day difficult, let alone a major shopping day where everyone and their brother seems to be in stores. And so, with the help of a couple friends, I have put together a tried and true list of ways to make Black Friday shopping easier.

Tip #1: Shop online where you can. Many retailers run Black Friday deals online, as well as Cyber Monday sales. Take advantage of them! You avoid the crazy crowds, and get great deals! Totally worth it!

Tip #2: If you are going in person, don’t go alone. I can’t stress this enough. Able-bodied people struggle on Black Friday with the crowds, and we already have a disadvantage. I tire out easily during a normal shopping trip, and so I rely heavily on having help on Black Friday. My mother also struggles with lupus, so in my family, we all go together. My mom, my dad, my sister, my husband, and myself all go, and quite honestly, with that many people, we rarely have to worry about them running out of stock before we can get to the products we want. And we make great memories!

Tip #3: Plan ahead. Decide what items you want before you even leave to go to the store, or open the webpage. It makes shopping streamlined, as well as help curb impulse purchases ( which we all know are tempting, especially at those prices.) Research the sales ahead of time! Most retailers put their sale papers out ahead of time, so use them! has a list of when they might release, (as well as other great tips and deals) check them out!

Tip #4: Don’t get discouraged. I know it’s stressful, I know it’s tiring. But in the end, it’s one day. If you don’t get the deals you wanted to, it isn’t the end of the world. Yes, you lose out on saving a little bit of money, but what is that in the scope of your life? The holiday season is already stressful enough when you are battling chronic illness, why make it worse?

Bonus Tip: (Courtesy of my mother!) Don’t start your holiday shopping during the holiday season. It adds so much stress, both on you, and on your wallet. Start shopping for your gifts for the next year just after Christmas. You can get your wrapping paper at a major mark down, as well as some fabulous Christmas themed hostess-type gifts. If you have kids to shop for, try going to stores the day after Halloween and pick up some costumes at half the price or less. (Some of my favorite gifts growing up!) Keep an eye out for home decor items after every major holiday, as well as when they change the seasonal decor out! Most seasonal decor nowadays isn’t even really “seasonal”.

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you enjoyed reading this, and have a wonderful holiday season!

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