It’s natural to want to get our holiday shopping done early. Black Friday, traditionally the day after Thanksgiving, begins America’s holiday season shopping frenzy. It is safe to say Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the years.

That being said, Black Friday is also the craziest shopping day of the year. Women are fighting over the last bag their daughter needs, the aisles are crowded, and you’ll see a whole new meaning to “busy parking lot.” We all understand why people do it, but how do they do it?

Early bird advantage. So, you’re finally at the mall and have been waiting for this day since Halloween. Make sure you do it right. Get there early so you don’t have to brave the parking lot right before the doors fly open. Leave your jacket in the car; If you are at a mall you wont need it. The Black Friday deals may cause a bit of sleep deprivation and leg soreness, but you’ll spend the rest of Christmas free of shopping — like a champion.

Keep calm. Keep calm and Black Friday on. Remember, the sales will continue throughout the holiday season. Black Friday can get very stressful, but it really does not need to be. Start with some research. Find exactly what you want and know where to get it at the best prices. Quite a few retailers will tease deals before Friday. Keep in mind that higher-end shops probably won’t have the best deals but may have the best atmosphere.

Dress for the occasion. Before you leave your house at the crack of dawn, make sure you are dressed appropriately. Comfy shoes are a must as you fly down the aisles of your favorite department store.

Make a plan. Double-check your purse to make sure you have your coupons or a list of items you need to get and which store has the deal you want. There is nothing more depressing than thinking you are getting 40 percent off and realizing you left your discounts on your counter.

Stay hydrated, fed. Don’t let dehydration slow you down. People forget that shopping really is a form a cardio. Therefore, it is in your best interest to eat before you go. If possible, eat with the people you are shopping with to ensure that your stomachs are on the same schedule. There is always someone in my family who needs to leave the mall an hour after we get there because they decided to skip lunch. There has never been a better time to put those Thanksgiving leftovers to use.

Get in the spirit. While shopping, remember what time of year it is. That’s right — the happy time of year.  Regardless of the holiday you celebrate this season, it is not only about shopping but having fun with friends and family. Stay jolly.