One week from today my wish for all of you is that you are surrounded by good food and good friends, eating yourselves into a stupor. Because that’s the American Way. And one week from tomorrow, the world goes insane.
Thanks for all your help on my last issue, I walked away with some really great ideas! I was wondering what your thoughts were on “Black Friday” sales. Are they really worth it, or is it just a wasted (very early!) morning? My budget this year is much more shoestring than last year, so my ultimate goal is to find some way to buy something for all the coworkers that looks nice, but doesn’t break a budget. I also need to somehow find a really good deal on a Nintendo DS lite. To me, it seems like an awful lot to ask for one day’s worth of shopping! Any tips for making the most of it?
Thanks in advance!!
Ahhhh, Black Friday. It’s the Holy Grail of shopping days. Or is it?
Here’s my general philosophy on Black Friday: I never want to want something so badly that I feel compelled to get up before dawn and fight through the unwashed masses to have it. For one thing, stuff is just stuff. For another, I dislike crowds and downright detest angry mobs (go figure).
So the short answer is, it’s just not my bag.
If you enjoy the thrill of the hunt and a little spike in blood pressure and parking two states away for the privilege of fighting with your fellow shoppers for the last [insert coveted item here], then by all means, I will still like you even if you choose to venture into the Black Friday morass.
Before the advent of online shopping, those special deals could only be had at the store, and only on Black Friday. I still found the process abhorrent, but there were no alternatives. Nowadays, there are plenty of online Black Friday specials (not to mention just more deals in general which you can access from the comfort of your home!), so now I am convinced there is no reason to go out on that fateful day.
But. Things like the newest video console often sell out. So if you simply must have one, you need to weigh your options and your tolerances carefully. Me, I make a habit of keeping my children’s expectations low so that they never even bother asking for the latest and greatest whatever. It costs a little extra in therapy expenses, but overall it seems to work out. Heh.
Okay. Listen. This is like talking to your kids about sex. “I think you shouldn’t, but if you’re going to, you need to be prepared.” And so it is with this. Determined to go out? Fine, do your research and formulate your game plan ahead of time. Know where you’re going, prioritize your goals (if there’s more than one), and head out early.
Most of my holiday shopping is done, but I will get up early on Black Friday and surf my favorite online merchants for a bit just in case there’s a deal I can’t pass up. And then? I’ll go back to bed. But I will not go out on Black Friday. (Next week I’ll give you a heads up on the places planning to do online specials where I think the deals will be plentiful.)
If you choose to do so, do it because you want to, not because you feel you have to. If you think you have to? Your priorities need reexamining.