Black Friday is often a necessary evil for budget shoppers. I used to participate in Black Friday shopping each year. I had a few crazy mornings when I’d get up early and stand in a long line.
In recent years, however, I’d sleep in for a bit, then head to the stores on my list later in the day to catch some doorbusters and deals. One year, I didn’t shop on Black Friday at all.
In the back of my head, I was devastated that I had missed all the good sales and would have to pay “full price” for the items on my list. To my surprise, that wasn’t the case at all.
There Will Still Be Major Sales Throughout the Month
Yes, while Black Friday boasts some of the best sales of the year, you can generally find good deals throughout the entire holiday shopping season. I can almost guarantee that retailers will be offering additional sales and deals in order to push certain products.
One year, I went to Walmart on Black Friday and purchased a T.V. for my son’s room. I was pleased with the price, but pretty annoyed when I visited the store several days and weeks afterward to see that the T.V. was still there and being sold at the same “Black Friday” price. My first thought was, what was the rush in the first place?
If you missed a particular Black Friday deal, check to see if the product is still being sold but at a new sale price. You never know what you’ll find. Plus, you can always shop at a store that offers price matching so you can ensure you’re getting a deal.
You May Be Able to Save More By Skipping It
One of the biggest reasons why Americans overspend over the holidays is not because they can’t obtain the best deals. It’s because in many cases, they lack control over their spending.
Let’s say you do make it out on Black Friday but end up making a ton of impulse purchases that cause you to go over budget. In that case, the sale didn’t really help you at all. It just motivated you to spend more on stuff you probably didn’t even know you wanted or needed.
This is why you shouldn’t place such a huge emphasis on one shopping day. If you truly want to save money, hunting for deals can be apart of your strategy, but it doesn’t have to dominate it. You can spread your shopping out over a few weeks and save just as much money.Black Friday isn't the only day with deals. You can still save money with these tips! Click To Tweet
Online Coupons Are Always Available
It’s so easy to save money when shopping online. Many sites offer free shipping if your order reaches a certain threshold. You can also use online coupons to your advantage. One of my favorite ways to get online coupons is by using Ebates.
Ebates is a site that pays you cash back for everyday shopping online. Plus, they also let you know when there’s a valid coupon available for the site you’re shopping on.
This is a great alternative from searching for coupon codes online that may or may not work.
You Can Shop For the Holidays Year Round
I have a friend who is practically done with her holiday shopping around this time of year. As a result, she’s able to relax with family, attend outings, and slow down to truly appreciate the holiday season during the weeks leading up to Christmas.
She’s able to get everything done early because she shops year-round for holiday gifts. You don’t have to limit your shopping to just one day. Why not take advantage of year-round sales when they come up. Memorial Day, Labor Day, and post-holiday season sales can be just as good.
The main reason why people fail to shop year-round for the holidays is due to lack of preparation. Not to mention, it’s not uncommon to feel pretty broke after you spend a ton of money in December. January is often the recovery period for most people but it doesn’t have to be.
What if you could start stashing away small amounts of money for the upcoming holiday season in January? You’d have a fund to draw money from whenever you came across a good deal. That way, missing Black Friday wouldn’t be such an issue.
To start setting aside money early, you need to have discipline and make it a habit. Set a goal for how much you want to have by December and how often you need to set funds aside.
You Won’t Regret the Extra Time Spent With Family
I really don’t like how Black Friday has been creeping its way into Thanksgiving Day in recent years. Some retailers offer sales that start during the evening on Thanksgiving.
In my opinion, this is disrespectful to workers who want to celebrate the holiday but it’s also disrespectful to consumers as well who value spending quality time with their family.
When you opt out of shopping on Black Friday, it only means there is more time and availability be with the people you cherish. Instead of shopping you can, stay up late and play board games with your family, watch a good movie together, or sleep in the following day and eat leftovers or cook pancakes – your decision!
Whatever you manage to do with your time, you probably won’t regret it making more memories with your loved ones. At the end of the day, it’s worth it and it’s what the holidays are all about.
Black Friday can be helpful in its own way but it’s not the only time you can get great deals and save money. If you end up missing it, there’s no need to worry as I’m sure you’ll still get all your shopping done and have more time to focus on what’s important.
Do you shop on Black Friday? Why or why not?