I know, this is a personal finance, money-saving blog. I should be encouraging you to go out there and get all those insane deals so you can save money, right?
Nope. Not gonna do it.
It’s been several years since I went shopping on Black Friday. And, if we’re being honest here, when I did want one of those killer “deals” I would
beg kindly request my husband get up at 4:00 a.m. and go in my stead. He’s awesome, by the way.
The truth about Black Friday “deals” is, while retailers mark down select items to rock bottom prices, they offer up even more items as steals that aren’t good deals at all. The deals are typically only offered for a limited time and, when examined closely, the lowest price items are often of lesser quality, meaning they likely have a shorter lifespan.
But, I admit, those brightly colored Black Friday ads and limited time offers sure are appealing. And once they get you into the store or to the website, you’re sure to find other great deals, encouraging you to make purchases you never intended to make in the first place. (Retailers spend vast amounts of time and money developing ways to inspire you to impulsively part with your money.)
And do I even need to mention the crowds?
Nothing bad is going to happen if you skip Black Friday this year. And I bet you won’t even spend more money on gifts by not scoring those crazy deals. I encourage you to try skipping it this year and just see what happens.
While I’m all about saving money, I believe you can have a great holiday without spending a colossal amount of money. Let’s remember what the season is about. Let’s be grateful for what we have. And let’s enjoy the time we have to spend with friends and family. Because we only have this one life, friends, and time is precious.
What to do instead of shop on Black Friday
Still not sure? Here are 35 things you can do without spending any money!