Counting down.. 5 days to go before everyone officially goes crazy with all the shopping but I believe it has already started with various retail/ecommerce company having pre-Black Friday sales going on. I am no expert on shopping but I’d still like to share with you what I’ve learned from my previous experiences.

Prepare a wishlist – for yourself and for others

of what you want to get, time is of the essence, you wouldn’t want to waste even one second of your 24 hours gathering a list of items you’ve been wanting to get since January. However, you need to be careful, our list is never going to end, mine seems to be getting longer each day. I’m not just buying personal items like make up or clothing but also for my home like rugs, a tv etc. Remember to limit your list to what’s most important and budget, budget, budget! You don’t want to overspend in just one day..

Black Friday is also a good time to buy holiday gifts! So remember to list down what you’re buying for who. Using Google Keep or One Note or even writing it down on pen and paper is a great way to keep track of what you want, it’s all up to you.

Plan where to shop

New York City is a huge city, getting from one shop to another can be a 20 min train ride, which means you’ve just lost 20 mins of your shopping time. After preparing a list of what you want to buy, it’s easier to plan your journey through the city. And the crowd. I’ve been to stores last Black Friday and I keep reminding myself how difficult it was to make a purchase.. I might still do that because nothing beats holding the product and deciding whether it’s really for you, it’s just easier to know whether it’s really what you want.

Here is a list of what time retailers will be open.

Add into cart, check out

Shopping these days is so easy. You can avoid the crowd, sit in your comfy chair and after a couple of clicks, there you go, it’s on the way to you. And that, my friend, is what we can online shopping.

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But online shopping, at the same time, is dangerous. A couple of clicks and your shopping basket can be more than $200 in value. And one more click, the number in your credit card bill will shoot up by $200. If it’s too overwhelming for you with countless stores online right now, check out, it’ll make your life easier.

Check out the products in store

Do your homework! For products like cosmetics, you’d want to check it out in the store before you purchase it online. Take foundation for example, there may be 12 different shades of the same product and you don’t want to take the chance and get the wrong shade at a discounted price. So try it in store, get the right shade and boom, you’ll purchase it at a good price and it’ll even be delivered to your doorstep if you choose to purchase online.

For example, make up products such as foundation can have up to 79 shades (check out Make Up For Ever foundation here)

Return policies

This is the time of the year that return policies are tweaked a little. Most stores do not accept returns for accessories such as earrings, jewelry, hats – which I completely understand. Some may even extend their return policies due to the holidays, nevertheless, make sure you keep an eye out for them. And don’t forget to keep your receipts!


If you’re planning to hit the stores on Nov 23, make sure you get ample rest the night before. You know what they say, early bird gets the worm, whether we’re on our feet on in our pajamas, happy shopping to us all!

“Because when I shop, the world gets better.”
– Rebecca Bloomwood

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