As I am bombarded by adds for Black Friday I was shocked to see something different this year.......3AM openings, midnight openings or worse yet, stores that don't even close for Thanksgiving Day! This year, retailers are working even harder to get your dollar and shoppers are more savvy with where and how they are spending their money. The crowds of Black Friday put me in a panic attack mode. I am not a shopper with crowds. I try to go to stores when they open on a weekday when I know the stores are near empty of people. So this got me thinking, what is the allure with all that middle of the night shopping while waiting in line in the frigid cold? I got the answer. The evidence is all over Facebook every single year. Black Friday shopping is part of a ritual with family or friends. That is a concept that I can get behind. I can understand moms and daughters standing in line shivering and giggling while waiting to get that money savings item on their list. I can understand sisters being crazy together with this experience. What I can not understand is buying more stuff just because it is on sale.
I read somewhere that 75% of Black Friday purchases are purchased for the buyer to keep, not to give as gifts. This seems to make sense to me as many of the better deals out there seem to be on electronics.
So here are my tips for Black Friday and really any day of shopping.
1. Shop with someone you love and make a memory not just a purchase.
2. Only buy what is on your list and skip the impulse buys.
3. Stay within your budget. In order to help with this, take cash and leave the plastic at home.
4. Avoid bringing things into your house that will create clutter. My rule of thumb is that if you have to dust it, don't bring it into the home.
5. Shop local brick and mortar stores where more of the money you spend stays in your community. These stores tend to give fantastic customer service and are more geared for you having a pleasant shopping experience.
6. Practice the One In One Out Rule: If you are buying something for yourself, say a shirt, go home and remove a shirt from your closet.
7. Empty your home of some of the clutter before you shop. So when you return home you don't have packed closets and drawers and you know exactly where everything goes.
8. Before hitting the stores, take a quick mental note of what you already have in your home. For example if there is a big sale on Christmas lights, make sure you know how many you need in order not to over buy during the thrill of the shoppers high.
As you hit the stores this holiday season, it is a good idea to keep the above rules in mind every time you shop, and just not on Black Friday.
To Joyful, Simplified Living,
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