There’s still a lot of people out there shopping, and it can be stressful.

I live by these rules every year, and it makes a difference.

I used to be “that guy” who would get frustrated and be all bah humbug about the shopping experience. Now I look forward to it and I’ve been following these five rules for about 10 years now that definitely will apply to New Englanders.

30-Second Rule

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This means that you shouldn’t wait for a parking spot for more than 30 seconds. It’s not worth it! Make another lap or park a few space away. This will take away any possibility of parking lot road rage.

Follow Factor

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Don’t follow anyone to their car so you can get their spot. It’s kinda creepy…to me, it’s a lot creepy.

Watch Your Kids

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Keep an eye on them at ALL times!!!! (Shouldn’t have to be a rule, but unfortunately it has to be in here.)

Pay Attention

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Be aware of your surroundings in and out of the stores. Look people in the eye when they pass and smile. This does a couple of things. It spreads a positive attitude and (if the person was not the nicest person) it would deter them from doing something wrong now that you are able to identify them.

Retail

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Be especially nice to the people working in retail! Coping an attitude with someone who is just trying to do their job at a Kohl’s or Old Navy etc won’t get you anywhere. Think about it…How many clothes do they have to go through and rehang on the rack in just a few hours? You’ve seen the “no” piles at the dressing rooms and how out of control they can get.

Fold the Shirts

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If you hold up a folded shirt and decide not to get it, try and fold it back up and put it back.