Black Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, and by the time you read this, you’ll know whether or not you bought anything.
There’s a certain thrill most of us get when we buy things. But, if you’re anything like me, there’s also a high chance of buyer’s remorse (and I don’t buy too much stuff I don’t need. Anymore.).
When it comes to this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the hype of Black Friday; how much money you’ll save, what great stuff you’re going to get, and how much fun you’ll have with it. It’s really easy to go along with the crowd and buy things for the sake of buying them.
You’re not immune from it (and neither am I).
The best thing you can do when you’re really trying to save money or get out of debt or cut down on the amount of stuff you have is to avoid Black Friday as much as possible. But is it really possible?
Let’s consider three things:
- Black Friday is all over TV. There are reporters stationed at Best Buy and Wal-Mart early in the morning to show the long lines and people shopping.
- It’s even worse online. Daily emails from Amazon, deals across Twitter and roundups of price breaks seem to be everywhere.
- Don’t even consider going to the mall. Black Friday is not the day to go mall walking or be anywhere near a store. You won’t make it out without buying something.
So what does the leave us to do? Basically, unplug from all media and spend time away from stores. It’s not impossible to do at all (I do it once a week, every week), but Black Friday is definitely difficult to avoid.
For three ways to avoid the hype, check out my story from last year.
How do you avoid Black Friday? Let me know in a comment.
About the author: Jason is the author of Automatic Finances: 17 Days to Your Financial Freedom, a guide to automated money management. He started investing thanks to a free lunch, and after finding out how he was getting the short end of the stick, he sought out how to do it right. More »