The 10 Commandments Of Black Friday

The 10 Commandments Of Black Friday

It's the most wonderful time of the year.
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Some may try to argue this fact, but Black Friday is one of the most sacred holidays of the year. As such, there are certain rules that one must follow in celebrating this most divine holiday. If you do not follow these most hallowed rules of Black Friday, there will be hell to pay.

1. Thou shalt prioritize.

What are you shopping for this season? Are you trying to get some big deals on electronics? Or are you just looking to add some clothes to your winter wardrobe? You're going to want to know what you're shopping for so you can get in and get out. Hit the stores with the bigger purchases first, and save the small stuff for last.

2. Though shalt have a schedule.

Some stores, like Best Buy, are opening as early as 5 pm on Thanksgiving Day. Other stores aren't opening until early on Friday morning. Look up what times the stores and malls near you are opening so you can figure out what time you need to go to get the items you want. If you're not buying anything urgent, relax on Thanksgiving day and go shopping on Friday morning!

3. Thou shalt be a smart shopper.

You need a game plan for Black Friday. Look up some deals online or in the flyers in your newspaper to figure out where you need to go to get what you want. If you're looking to make some big purchases, compare deals at different stores! For example, if you're looking to buy some electronics, check out Best Buy, Walmart, and Target to compare prices.

4. Thou shalt map a route.

Black Friday is all about efficiency -- if you're too slow, someone else is going to scoop up your deals! Strategize with your team so that you don't waste time wandering around aimlessly.

5. Thou shalt pack sustenance.

If there's ever a day to shop til you drop, then this is it. Black Friday is not a casual shopping trip. Black Friday is a marathon battle to find the best deals, and you're going to need snacks and coffee if you want to be on your A-game.

6. Thou shalt dress in layers.

It'll be freezing outside, but there's no telling how warm the stores might be. Between waiting in line outside of the stores, trying on clothes in the dressing room, and just generally being surrounded by a ton of people, you're going to want to dress for ease and comfort.

7. Thou shalt be courteous to all.

The Golden Rule doesn't evaporate on Black Friday! It's to your benefit to be courteous to employees and fellow shoppers. Making allies is better than making enemies.

8. Thou shalt keep the receipts.

In the heat of the moment with the allure of doorbuster deals, you might make some purchases you'll later regret. Keep the receipts just in case you decide that you don't really need that fancy blender (even though it was 65% off!!).

9. Thou shalt persevere.

Black Friday is a marathon, not a sprint. The best Black Friday shoppers embrace the lines and the chaos. Don't get discouraged when you miss out on one deal, because there are countless others to be found.

10.Thou shalt consider Cyber Monday.

If the thought of Black Friday terrifies you, but you still want to save money on Christmas shopping, then consider Cyber Monday! It's basically like Black Friday, but instead of going into the stores, you can do your shopping online. Which means that you can do it in your pajamas and on your couch. Check out your favorite companies on Monday morning to see what kind of sales they're offering. Just be sure that you check early, or your favorite items might be out of stock.

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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

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It's okay to have no plans this summer.

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Summer seems to roll around faster and faster every year and the question that's always asked is"what are you doing this summer?" Some people love to answer this question, maybe they have a trip planned to backpack across Europe or have a 2-week vacation in the Bahamas. My point is, everyone seems to have these big summer plans. Some people spend the whole summer traveling and are never even home, but there are always gonna be some people who, like me, have absolutely no plans this summer.

Do I wish I was traveling across Europe or spending a few weeks in the Bahamas? Sure. But in reality, my summer plans include working 5 or 6 days a week. I'm not ashamed of this and I wouldn't say I'm jealous of those traveling because I'm still determined to make the best of my summer.

There is so much pressure everywhere on Instagram and Snapchat to post all the fun things you're doing and to capture the moment. This creates the pressure that you always have to be doing something fun or spontaneous.

Summer should be whatever you want it to be. If you want to spend every day at the beach, do it. If you want to spend every day in bed or at home, that's good too. We all have different definitions of fun.

Summer has just started and everyone should make the most of their summer in their own way. My friends and I always make a bucket list of all the things we want to do by the end of the summer. None of it involves traveling or much planning, it's just little things we can do when we get bored.

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