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Now, most people don't start out something with a caveat. But I am going to just to get the silly thing out of the way,
Most if not all the savvy folks on TF are smart enough already, so if you already thought of this, great!
If you didn't, please don't be offended that I am suggesting something you already know. We frugal people are pretty tough, but sometimes, the media gets to us all. So, here goes:
I am serious. While it's great the economy is improving, and we all must help, my idea of getting a jump on the holiday season is not seeing or hearing or worse yet, being involved in anyone getting hurt or worse by a throng of bargain hungry humans.
I am sure the lady who was injured by a "@#$Mart" crowds really appreciated the free $5.00 DVD player, but seriously folks, that wouldn't pay for two aspirin in the ER.
It's like the (ok I am just going to say it) IDIOTS who camp out all night just so they can be the first person to purchase a ticket for a new movie. If the theatre holds 500 and you are the last person to get in, you still see the same movie. So, if that special is available 11/26, you can still get it on 11/29. If you can't, they will create a raincheck for you. And let's face it, most of us TF people don't spend that kind of money on electronics anyway.
But if you need to, that same place is offering free shipping to your home for no minimum purchase, so you can shop on line and save your money and sanity. Are we smart, or what?
Well, that gives you a start. You can make your own list or use all or some of mine. I personally will be cooking for 10 people and loving every minute of it. So what I am going to do on Black Friday is take a nice hot soak, then stay home.
I hope this helps even one of you to keep your money, your body, and your mind safe.
By Sandi/Poor But Proud from Sweet Home, OR
Black Friday many people have the day after thanksgiving off. What to do? Free newspapers full of glossy pamphlets and coupons. Throw the entire newspaper away (recycle). Do you really want to save $2 on an item which ends up being no benefit at all. You spent $1 on gas for the car and another $1 on fast food breakfast.
On TV, you will be bombarded by commercials promising the best prices.
Throw the paper ads out; or give to a friend. Turn off the TV and watch DVDs most of the time instead of being a captive audience.
It's a truth that everyone knows; if you go somewhere to save 20 cents on something; you most likely squandered the money on unplanned purchases and certainly burned at least $1 probably more on the gas for your car.
Consider buying online, they generally have discounts and free shipping. pick out the product(s); and then buy the next day once you have had enough time to buy that gift, without the pressure of a noisy crowded mall.
By Twilightgift from Forks, WA
With two small children, the last place we want to be on "Black Friday" (Day after Thanksgiving) is out in the crowds. So instead, we have dedicated that Friday as our Craft Day.
We make a list of all the people the kids want to give Holiday gifts to, and we plan some simple crafts like bath salts and painting frames. We hit the craft store while everyone else is buying Turkey, and then we spend the first day of holiday shopping in our jammies making crafts.
By Violets from Santa Clara CA