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Getting the most out of a weekend or holiday sale requires careful planning and smart shopping. Whether you're trying to stock up on high-quality products, looking for a robust long weekend supply at a great price, or simply trying to make your shopping as low-stress and convenient as possible, here are 10 shopping tips to help you get what you want out of the next weekend weed sale. 

1. Be Patient, There Will Be Longer Wait Times

As a weekend of sales gets close, dispensary traffic will pick up. Longer wait times will be inevitable. But keep your cool, plan ahead, and you'll be able to minimize your dispensary downtime. During holiday sales, call ahead to dispensaries to check for store hours. 

2. To Get Around Wait Times, Order Ahead Online for Pickup

Ordering online for pickup is one of the most effective and accessible ways you can avoid an excruciating wait time for your weekend sale purchases. Depending on how well a delivery service has prepared for a rush, delivery orders can get backed up fast. 

Beat the dispensary rush by placing your order for pickup. Find your favorite dispensary and its menu on Weedmaps. (Photo by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

Carefully planning out online pick-up orders can help increase your chances of getting your quality discount stash in a timely fashion.

3. Be Mindful of Order Caps

To avoid running out of inventory before a weekend or holiday sale is over, dispensaries may have caps on orders. Whether you order early or separate your orders between shops, be prepared to deal with order limits as dispensaries try to cover everyone's needs. 

4. Do Your Product Research Ahead of Time

Go into a sales weekend armed with your planned out order, as well as questions you may have about new products. Research ahead of time with Weedmaps product guides, and compare the Weedmaps menus of your local shops before you enter their doors. It'll speed up your transactions, and help budtenders get to everyone more quickly. 

5. Running Low During a Rush? Try Delivery

Depending on which state you live in, you have access to delivery so you can skip your turn in the rotation. Deliveries can get anywhere from mildly to extremely busy on holidays, but some will be prepared with seasonal drivers and ample staff to take calls and orders. 

Another way to beat the holiday dispensary crowds and ensure you have the product you are looking for is to use a delivery service. Find a delivery service in your area on Weedmaps. (Photo by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

Smaller delivery operations may also be more available during a big sale event. Research beforehand which deliveries have traditionally been well equipped to handle a holiday rush and be ready to order from them if your long-weekend supply gets uncomfortably low.  

6. Budget Your Spending and Quantity Requirements Early

Don't order or shop during a sales weekend until you've set a budget and figured out how much weed you're going to need. If you're upfront with your budtenders about your spending range and quantity requirements, they'll be equipped to help you find quality weed that fits your needs. Read user reviews on Weedmaps to find out which dispensaries have knowledgeable, helpful staff.

7. Know Your Good Flower from Bad and Understand the Differences Between Concentrates

More often than not, a big sales weekend will include flower. Consult the Weedmaps Learn platform to know the indicators of high-quality flower, which will help you get the best for your buck and avoid overpaying for low-quality cannabis. 

Cannabis concentrates come in a wide variety of forms with an ever-diversifying variety of ways to consume them. The Weedmaps concentrate product guide is a great resource for understanding where and how to look for the concentrate experience and price range that suits your circumstances.

8. When in Doubt, Look Out for Verified Products

When in doubt about the quality, safety, or legitimacy of a product, look for the Weedmaps Verified seal on dispensary and delivery menus. This will give you the assurance that the products you're buying come from authorized retailers. 

9. Go for the Deals!

Depending on what you're celebrating and how long your celebrations will last for a particular holiday, you may be more interested in minimizing the dent in your wallet — favoring cheap, reliable weed over the expensive stuff. Consult the deals in your area found on Weedmaps, and ask your local shops about upcoming holiday promotions and sales weekends in advance. You can also sign up for our daily deals email to have access to the best prices in your area. 

10. Look out for Early Deals

The days leading up to a big sales weekend, especially big holidays such as 4/20 and Christmas, can be a great time to stock up on high-quality discount items. Find out which dispensaries are offering early deals and take advantage of the price cuts that may save you from the full weight of a sales rush.