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
I do my holiday decorating. I haven't done Black Friday for at least 20 years, mainly because I am too old.
Cheers! to thinking with your head! all this "buy buy buy" commercialism to do with Christmas anyway was a set up by retailers to make enormous sums of $ for themselves! I actually gave my daughter and then grandkids money at Christmas so they could shop after Christmas when everything was 50 percent off anyway! (he he he!)
Thank you! I don't do Black Friday shopping myself! All those people crammed into a store makes me stressed out and crabby, and it's all me me me, very little to no consideration for others. If I find myself wanting to go shopping that day, it is always much, much later in the day/evening once the early bird whackos have left and the traffic is closer to normal. If I am up to it at all.
(Early birds, please don't take offense! I am referring to the whackos who end up trampling someone to get a discount DVD player, because that is whacko! I feel this is more likely to happen early too when all the "good" stuff is still in the store and everyone wants it.) I used to have to work Black Friday when I was in retail. Never again if I can help it!
And great suggestions! I am excited about the new Stephen King book too. :)
Sensible ideas really. I dislike getting out in large crowds and heavy traffic myself. Not worth getting into any mishaps. Christmas is a special time and it should produce more kindness from others; not horn honkers, snatch and grab shoppers, inconsideracy of any type. We all need to think of Christ and follow his examples no matter where we go. After all, Christmas can be a glorious event for each of us if we slow down, enjoy and remember to worship HIM and not the gifts.
How great was this tip? I was a retail manager for 25 years and you can betcha your bippee that my old, tired behind never went into any store on Black Friday after leaving that profession. Loved, loved, loved this, and you gave my "little psyche" a big smile today. :)
I have never ever done Black Friday shopping! I think it's crazy when I see most people having to park in Egypt, then have people not paying attention to who is around them blocking the isles or running in to others in their personal hurry flurry, stand in long lines for purchases that are usually more than were even planned for because of in-store sales pitches and people being grumpy because they are tired from the maddening crowds while already tired from the Thanksgiving Day before. Hmmm, what a lovely day and way to prepare for Christ's Birthday! Not! ;-)
Thanks to the responses so far! Keep em' coming!
Sandi/Poor But Proud You do write a lot of good articles here. This one about Black Friday is great. My family and I never shopped on a good Friday because the same things stores advertise for people are very few to get people in the door. You can get the same thing later in the year at the same price or lower at the same stores, and of a better quality no matter what you buy, so why rush, get trampled on when everyone is going for the same thing. We won't even go into the stores the next day. If you have no money to give gifts why not give of your time to friends and relatives like maybe taking them shopping or if they are unable to do shopping go do the shopping for them, do some cleaning for them, take care of any pets they have like feeding them or walking them, babysitting for free. Why not give all year around than on just one day a year? We don't have money for Christmas but we do decorate and have a nice dinner and invite friends over who don't have anyone. We pray and are thankful for our health. My mother who is deceased now always said if you don't have your health you have nothing. So give all year around of your time for people and love and help everyone you can. To me that is more meaningful than getting Christmas presents once a year. If you need anything during the year you can always make something if you sew or even make things from wood and give it to someone. If you follow the sales all year things are cheaper during the year than at Christmas time.
Mahalo for taking the time to write this list. The TF community is so generous. Love being connected to such wonderful souls.
What is this Black Friday?
Marg from England.
Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving in the US, often called the biggest shopping day of the year. The shops put everything on sale and things can get a bit out of hand! The equivalent would be the Boxing Day sales in the UK.
I don't get out on Black Friday, way too crazy. More stores were open on Thanksgiving Day with sales this year. I feel the Retail Stores, Media etc., have skipped over Thanksgiving and just think about the money and greed. Everyone is in such a hurry these days, it's out of control.
You sound like me! I have a few traditions I rotate each year. We collect ground pine and pinecones and make wreaths for our families, elderly neighbors or family grave sites with our adult children. Last year my daughter and I created hand stamped Christmas cards and this year we are going to make pine cone ornaments (I just made two samples today and will be entering them on thrifty fun as a craft soon
You don't really get the best deals on Black Friday anyway. That's because a lot of Black Friday merchandise is made specifically for Black Friday with cheaper parts so they can sell them cheaper and still make money. Those things aren't made to last any length of time after you bring it home, so if you even get 6 months out of it it's a bonus.
This is especially true of electronics.
Abigail this is true what you said for Black Friday, go later in the year and things will be the same price or cheaper and better value for the money you spend. Electronics have all the kinks taken out for the games and you also have a better product.
Thanks. I shop for Christmas all year. By this time I am done. I can get the best deals because stores and websites have cyclical sales. Year-round shoppers know this. I've gotten up to 80 percent off with clearance sales. 40 to 60 percent off is more typical. I rarely pay retail for anything.
There is no point in being so judgemental about people whose ideas are different from yours. Some people enjoy the rush. While it is not your (Or my) cup of tea, that doesn't make them idiots because they are different. Think about it.
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