It’s that time of year again. Everyone is completely freaking out about Black Friday sales. There are tons of inserts in the newspapers and countless commercials of the big box stores promising the best deals.
Many of my friends and family members are talking about how they’re going to shop starting at midnight on Thanksgiving Day, and the stores that are open on Thanksgiving Day are making the news.
Frankly, I don’t know why we even have Thanksgiving at all, when the whole focus seems to have shifted to the best shopping day rather than a day of giving thanks.
Having just come back from living out of the country for two years, I just can’t get excited about Black Friday. I don’t think it’s terrible by any means. After all, if you’ve been hunting for a specific electronic for a while, it might be the best time to go ahead and buy it. Sometimes saving $300 on a TV is worth the crowds. At the same time, I just don’t understand what the excitement is all about. It’s just stuff. It’s clutter. It’s a lot of toys that your kids will get bored with after a few months anyway.
For me, one of the biggest reasons to avoid the biggest shopping day of the year is that there are going to be tons of crowds. Why would you want to wait in a line behind 25 other shopping carts? Why would you want to fight with other people over the last Barbie doll that’s on sale? Like I said, some people just love it, but perhaps it’s just not my thing. Maybe my disdain for the crows is heightened just because I’m pregnant, and I don’t want to get stuck in a parking lot or hit with a shopping cart by some overzealous person.
Another reason why I don’t feel the desire to shop on Black Friday is because I know there’s going to be tons of online deals throughout the whole weekend. I prefer to shop online anyway, and many stores will have Cyber Monday sales in addition to having the Black Friday prices extend throughout the weekend. Sure you might miss out on the extra 10% off that you would get for being one of the first 10 customers through the door, but you get to shop from the comfort of your own home, possibly with a hot chocolate in hand. Try doing that at Wal-Mart with 600 of your best friends.
Ultimately, I know that there will be a lot of Black Friday posts from other personal finance bloggers, especially ones that will share the best deals. However, I won’t be writing one of those either. Instead, I’m just going to encourage a minimalist Christmas without too many purchases.
After all, we keep forgetting what this entire holiday is all about, which is giving thanks for how lucky we are. It’s not about how many items we can stuff in our shopping carts at 3:00 in the morning.
Are you going shopping on Black Friday?
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