Lies people tell themselves on Black Friday

by Kristina on November 21, 2013 · 4 comments

Good morning Dinks.  It’s that time of the year again…this time next week people will be lining up outside stores all across the United States to get the absolutely lowest deals on their favorite products.  That’s right it’s Black Friday time.

Some people take this opportunity to start their holiday shopping and some people wait in line all night to buy items on their own wish list. No matter what your motivation is to endure the craziness of Black Friday shopping all I can say is, you are a better shopper than me.

What’s on your Black Friday shopping list?

I love a great deal just as good as the next and I would love to go to Walmart Black Friday and buy an iPod Mini for $299, but I just don’t have the stamina to stay up and shop at Walmart into all hours of the night. Although I know people who do.

I have friends who leave work at 5 pm, drive 3 hours to their favourite shopping strip and put their plan in motion to conquer Black Friday.  If you have never experienced Black Friday it’s definitely something to see.  Groups of shoppers scan flyers, plan their routes and keep in communication with walkie-talkies to make sure they get everything on their list.

I am 33 years old and when I am not in my business suits from 9 to 5 I live in hoodies and jeans.  The temptation to visit Aeropostale and stock up on 60% off everything I love to wear on the weekends is definitely alluring, but I can’t stay awake past 11 pm without a nap…not even for a really good deal.  I love the idea of getting discounts and free gifts with purchase; I just can’t stay up all night to do so.

3 lies people tell themselves to justify overspending on Black Friday:

“If I buy it on sale now, I will save money later” If you are heading out for your first Black Friday or if you are a veteran shopper my advice is to make a list (with a set budget) and stick to it.  As a former spend-a-holic I know how tempting it can be to spend money if you think you are getting a good deal.  So avoid that temptation by not straying from your list.

“I waited in line so it’s OK to spend money” Um no that’s not OK.  If you are heading out to shop on Black Friday keep in mind that you are there to save money on your “must have” items, don’t try to convince yourself that you are spending money just because everything is on sale.  Black Friday doesn’t have to be a black hole for your wallet if you control your spending.

“I didn’t mean to spend THAT much money” Oh yes you did.  Some people save money all year and shop only once on Black Friday.  One of my co-workers is actually off this week so she can “prepare” for Black Friday.  At first I thought that sounded like a crazy idea, but if you are going out on Black Friday then at least you should set a plan and have a budget.

What do you want to buy this Black Friday?

 Photo by PinkMoose

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1 Brock @cleverdude November 21, 2013 at 7:49 am

Quite honestly, I’m not sure if there’s anything on my list for Black Friday specifically. What I normally do is make the list of things I need to get for gifts, or anything I’m in the market for around the house. If something on that list shows up in a Black Friday Ad, I may go for it. Otherwise, I stay home. It’s not a sale if I buy something I wasn’t going to buy anyway!

2 Kristina November 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm

That’s true Brock. It’s a great time to cross some items off our Christmas list. I like to get things I need on sale, not spend money on things I don’t need…I totally agree with you!

3 James November 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Coupons people, get a coupon.

4 Michael Cee November 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Ok if you get a deal and deal whether its black Friday or just a mark down and it is a GREAT deal, REMEMBER if you use a credit card to pay for it and don’t pay it off at the end of the month remember to add on the credit card interest rate times the amount of time it takes you to pay it off and then see how go of a deal it REALLY is… Reality plus Reality equal much more than you should have spent, in other words if you can’t afford to pay cash for it then its not nor will it ever be a “deal” till you can.. Sorry and Merry Christmas!

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