People seem to have a love-hate relationship with Black Friday. Some people swear by it for getting deals on holiday shopping. Others swear it off completely. I’m going to start with a disclaimer that I am one of the people who swears off the stores on Black Friday. One time I went to Target in the early morning hours on Black Friday for a specific item. There is no deal good enough to get me to get up in the middle of the night to shop. I value my sleep too highly. And seriously? I am not camping out in a parking lot even if they are going to give me a free 50-inch TV! A closet full of Jimmy Choos? Maybe. Aside from that, never.
Aside from my aversion to long lines and psychotic shoppers, I have two complaints about Black Friday. First, I hate that corporate marketing experts have decided to push Black Friday up into Thanksgiving. If you open your doors earlier, shoppers will visit your store first and spend a majority of their money with you. So, everyone keeps backing it up until you are not shopping on Friday at all. It’s not fair to the store employees and detracts from the spirit of the holiday. I like that several retailers have finally just said no and pushed back. Second, Black Friday is a recipe for disastrous overspending. There you are, all hyped up on caffeine and peppermint. Doorbusters and special deals are sparkling in your eyes. It’s far too easy to get caught up in the hype and spend too much buying extra things you really don’t need at all.
- Stay home. My Black Friday shopping is limited to a handful of online deals. I know what I want, I buy those items, and I am not tempted by all of the other deals. Plus, I can do it from the comfort of home while wearing pajamas and drinking hot chocolate. If you are doing this too, please go ahead and click over on the sponsors in my sidebar on Black Friday. They will all be offering special deals on great products that I love, and you get to support this site while you shop. Thanks!
- If you can’t bear to miss out on Black Friday, do some work ahead of time to keep your spending in check. First, match up your shopping list with the advertised deals. Write down the items you are looking for at each store along with the price. When you get to the store, check the items off your list. Stick to your list. Do not deviate unless you see an item that was already on your Christmas shopping list. Once you leave the house, do not add to the list. Download this FREE BLACK FRIDAY PRINTABLE to help you stay on task and on budget.