How is Christmas only five days away? I think most of us can agree that we blinked and 2019 was basically over. I planned to be ready for the holidays, I really did. Yet, here we are, down to the last few days of the holiday season, and I have a lot of catching up to do. So, it looks like I will be out-and-about amongst the shopping chaos this weekend.

If we thought Black Friday was chaotic, just wait for Super Saturday 2019. Tomorrow, there will be approximately 148 million Americans will be shopping. As insane as that sounds, that number will be up this year, by about 14 million shoppers, from last year. I can't imagine what shopping is like in a major city this time of year.

I have a few tips to help you get through the craziness of tomorrow:

  • Do some research for deals - If you're like me, you love a good bargain. I always do some internet searching for the best prices before I step foot in a store. Now, prices won't exactly beat all the Black Friday deals, but you can still be thrifty if you know the deals to look out for.
  • Take advantage of loyalty programs - I'm not at all implying that you should sign up for a store credit card. However, if a store offers a FREE reward or email program, it's worth it to sign up because you can sometimes get good kickbacks.
  • Shop late - You can run the risk of items being picked over if you shop late. But if crowds aren't for you, some stores are open 24-hours for the next few days. It will be a lot less hectic if you shop when everyone else is at home sleeping.
  • Use store pick-up apps - This tip is mostly for you if you have to get groceries this weekend. I love the Walmart app for grocery shopping. They do "quality checks" before your groceries are brought to your car, and you can look over and approve your items before you take them. I do recommend putting your order together at least the evening ahead to guarantee a pick-up time.

I hope that these tips can help ease some of your stress when you're shopping tomorrow. Godspeed, Super Saturday Shopper.