As a teenager I was always super excited when my Aunt would ask me to go Black Friday shopping with her. I didn’t really care too much about the deals (I didn’t have any money!) it was just a fun thing to do.
You know, go to the mall and people watch while all the shopping centers were at maximum capacity.
Then I became and adult and ever since have loathed Black Friday. It’s not that you can’t get any good deals because you certainly can. I’ll admit there are some people who do amazingly well with Black Friday shopping.
But for me? I’ll pass.
Here’s why I don’t shop on Black Friday.
Black Friday is a Retailer’s Holiday to Get You to Spend More
Like I stated – some people are very skilled at getting only the good deals and resisting the temptation to buy anything else. But honestly, that’s a small majority of the population.
Let’s be real – Black Friday is a retailer’s holiday. Do you think that retailers are giving you all these great deals so that they can lose money? I don’t think so.
Black Friday is setup with some awesome prices to draw you in and tempt you to spend more money on over priced items. Retailers know that you’re in the spending mood so of course they have their store perfectly setup to entice you to dish out some more money!
The Good Deals Go to Quickly
I have two young kids. I can’t be out of the door at the crack of dawn. And what I’ve found is that all the shelves are wiped of the good deals before I’d even be able to make it to the store.
Plus, some of the retailers will have five of the items that they advertised. Those items are just meant to draw you in – not cause the retailers a loss so why would they stock a bunch?
I Hate Large Crowds
This is just personal preference, but I really hate large crowds. I try to plan my trips to the store when I know it will be a slow business day.
I am not the type of person who wants to wait in line for an hour or squeeze through a hundred people to get what I want.
Not fun at all.
You Can Shop More Effectively Online
I’ve found that there are just-as-good, if not better deals online than there are in stores. Not to mention you don’t have to worry about the shelves being cleared, fighting crowds or impulse spending.
Instead you can simply look through all the stores ads, choose what you want, go to the online shop get your stuff and check out.
I Just Can’t Do It
If I had a large group of friends or family members to go shopping with things might be different. I would do it for the fun of it, rather than the saving money aspect. (Wait a minute……..do you consider watching grown adults fighting over Frozen dolls fun?)
However, being the introvert and money saver that I am I just don’t see any real point in Black Friday shopping from a money and time saving point of view.
Sorry Black Friday, you’re not for me.
How about you? Do you dare fight the crowds on Black Friday in the name of a good deal?
P.S. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!