The year I taught English in France, I did a lesson on Thanksgiving. The students were well aware of this holiday, but what they weren’t so familiar with was the day after when people stand in line all night in the freezing cold just to get a TV for super cheap. I showed them videos of people getting trampled at Target from the rush of the crowd on a mission to find the best deals. They couldn’t believe it! Who would be that crazy?! The answer: not me.
As someone who blogs about living frugally, you’d think that Black Friday would be my favorite day of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done my fair share of Black Friday bargain hunting. After all, I love the rush I get from saving lots of money! But as I get older, there are two questions I ask myself when it comes to shopping.
Last year Ty and I bought ourselves our first MacBook Air. We checked through all of the ads on Thanksgiving, but quite frankly, none of the Macs being advertised were a better deal than the refurbished laptops on the Apple website. So instead of rushing out Thursday night after we were full of turkey, we waited until the New Year (when we could make electronics our 5% cash back category on our credit card) and bought our laptop from the warm confines of our own home. No waiting in line. No pushing through crowds. And all at a better price.
2. Do I actually need this?
I found this article on JillCataldo.com where it shows you how to get 5 small kitchen appliances for FREE from Kohl’s! At first I was really excited! But then I wondered where I would store my new waffle maker in our 100 square foot kitchen. And how often would I use the thing anyway?
I’m a sucker for a great deal, but I’m slowly learning that everything has a cost, even if it’s free. Things can cost you storage space. Things can cost you emotions. But if you never had the thing to begin with, you can never miss it.
My advice for Black Friday Shoppers
Go in with a game plan. Get what’s on your list. And if you find yourself impulse buying, don’t lose your receipt! Reevaluate your purchases once you get home (and have had a nap) and return anything that wasn’t actually worth it.
Do you love shopping on Black Friday or do you avoid it at all costs?
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