Black Friday is known as the busiest and wildest shopping day of the year, but bagging those great deals doesn’t have to be a stress-filled nightmare. Here are some ways to use the gadgets you already own to make Black Friday more fun.
Work at Home
Like many other things in life, advance preparation will make Black Friday go a lot better. Research the specific products you want, and make a list of what those products cost and which stores you’ll need to visit to buy them. Stick to your list and don’t be wooed by other deals you come across that are “too good to pass up.” If unplanned purchases make your credit card debt soar, your stress level is sure to climb.
Calming music piped in from your smartphone or media player can do wonders for your psyche. Keep a pair of good-quality earbuds in your pocket or purse, and load up a playlist of your favorite tunes to enjoy when things get crazy. It doesn’t have to be spa music; just a collection of songs that you know will lower your heart rate and have a calming influence on your mood despite the chaos around you.
Despite their furious pacing and rapid-fire visuals, video games often have a calming effect on players because they tend to blot out the surrounding world. Fire up a game on your smartphone or tablet when you need a break. It doesn’t have to be an epic adventure that requires all your concentration. Even a few minutes of Angry Birds while waiting in line can relax you and put some of the fun back into the day.
|4:||Plan your Route
to Avoid Traffic
You’ll be waiting in enough lines on Black Friday. Why spend countless hours sitting in traffic, too? Make liberal use of technology to help avoid this perennial problem. Load up GPS and traffic apps on your smartphone and keep tabs on road congestion. Some apps can give you turn-by-turn directions and suggest a new route when traffic heats up.
While you Wait
You don’t have to wait until you’re back in the living room to watch a movie. If you know you’ll have time to kill, use a service like Samsung Hub—preloaded on the Samsung Galaxy S® 4—and take your entertainment to go. With other, such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, you can start a film on your Samsung Smart TV, then finish it up on your smartphone when you’re standing in a seemingly endless line or sitting in a parking lot waiting for your spouse.
|6:||Hire a Shopping
When all else fails, think about outsourcing your shopping to someone else. Numerous services exist that let you pay someone else to wait in line for you, or you can provide a temporary assistant with a shopping list and let them spend the day gathering up everything you need. Then your work is essentially done. You can spend the day kicking back with the family and watching that big-screen TV while chowing down on leftovers.
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