It’s coming around again. That consumer-driven day that sends people running to buy stuff simply because it’s on sale. I’m talking about Black Friday. Don’t give in. If you don’t need anything. Don’t buy anything.
Let’s Get Something Straight…
Unless you’re extremely poor, you probably don’t really NEED anything. Black Friday does not make a difference. If you don’t need it, you don’t need it on sale either. I’ve discussed needs several times at Hip Diggs. Needs are not wants. Check out these posts for more insight on basic needs:
- Don’t Buy Into The Fear Of Not Enough
- How To Overcome The Fear Of Losing Everything
- Two Questions About Getting Back To Basics
- Reflecting On The Essentials Of Our Parents Generation
- 20 Household Items Most People Have That They Don’t Really Need
- Spend Smart: 5 Questions To Ask Before You Buy
In these posts and several others, we’ve clearly established that needs are simply the basic necessities of life: Food, water, shelter, transportation, communication, clothing, and a few other basics. The problem is that the majority of American purchases go far beyond basic needs.
You Don’t Really Save On Black Friday, You Spend
Here’s the deal: There is no deal. That’s right. All the ads. All the hoopla. All the gimmicks. All the specials. They’re all lies. Think about it. What are you really saving by shopping on Black Friday? Nothing.
When you shop on Black Friday, you’re spending money. And guess what? You’re spending more on most products than you might at other times throughout the year. The deals aren’t really as good as they say. They promote a few loss leaders to get you in the door and then sock it to you for what you really want.
What Are You Not Saving?
- You’re not saving money.
- You’re not saving gas.
- You’re not saving time.
- You’re not saving the environment.
- You’re not saving for you kid’s education.
- You’re not saving for retirement.
- You’re not saving for charity.
- You’re not saving for an emergency.
- You’re not saving your sanity.
- You’re not saving the whales.
I think you get the point. Black Friday is not about saving. It’s about spending. If you really want to save money, don’t shop.
This has been a friendly reminder from Hip Diggs.
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