Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – has become incredibly popular for shoppers in recent years.
For many people, Black Friday has become a bigger holiday than Thanksgiving. People plan all year long to head out at midnight, or earlier, to look for deals at stores.
Recently, online retailers have gotten into the action as well. This means you can shop for Black Friday deals from the comfort of your couch.
Of course, as you probably already know, you should do your best to avoid the allure of Black Friday. If you would like to protect your budget and avoid wasting money, Black Friday is something that should largely be ignored. But just in case you need some extra encouragement to stay home on Black Friday this year, here are 5 great reasons to skip the fiasco.
Buying Things You Don’t Need
This is the biggest problem with a shopping day such as Black Friday – you inevitably wind up buying things you don’t need. Sure, there might be great prices to be had, but do you actually need those items? Probably not. By staying away from the stores on Black Friday, you won’t even be tempted by what they have available.
Avoid the Crowds
Rarely is it fun to be crammed into a store with hundreds of other people all vying for the same few deals. If you stay home on Black Friday, you should be able to enjoy more time with your family and friends on the holiday weekend.
Every year there are stories of fights and other incidents breaking out on Black Friday. Stay home on Black Friday and steer clear of these situations for the safety of yourself and your family.
Plenty of Deals to Come
Do you think everything in the stores is going to go back to full price before Christmas? Of course not. There will be plenty of great sales and deals to take advantage of between Black Friday and December 25th. Don’t force yourself to shop on this day which has been created by savvy marketing departments.
Don’t Waste Your Time Off
If you are like millions of other people across the country, you likely get Black Friday off of work. Why would you want to waste the day shopping with countless other people at the mall? Stay away from the stores. Do something memorable that you wouldn’t be able to do if you were stuck in the office. We all have to work too much, so don’t waste the time that you get to spend away from your job.
It Isn’t in the Budget
Simply put, you probably haven’t budgeted for Black Friday spending. If this is true, stay home and keep your credit cards far away from the registers at your local stores. It only takes one or two trips out to quickly ruin weeks or even months of careful spending, therefore it is important that you resist the temptation to head out on Black Friday with everyone else. The stores and products aren’t going anywhere, so take your time and only make purchases when you are ready and have budgeted for them.
Do you plan to stay home on Black Friday? Why or why not.
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