Black Friday: If You Don’t Need It, Don’t Buy It!

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.

money-256314_1920 Black Friday: Photo of credit card in hand.

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:

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.

If you enjoy simple living and want to save more money and find more happiness, I invite you to read my free ebook:

The Happiness Of Simple

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  1. This is a terrific post! As someone who worked in the digital marketing field, a lot of money and resources is spent to get you to buy things you don’t need. I’m on my journey to simplifying and reducing waste and this is my third year not participating in Black Friday at all. Feels good!

    1. I’ve rarely shopped on Black Friday. I did buy an iPad one year, but it took me four hours to get it. Keep up the simplifying life.

  2. I remember an incident that my sister experienced from 1984 or so. She was shopping in a mall (remember those???) , at holiday time, with a friend and he said to her “This is all just stuff…just junk” or something similar. At the time, she was aggravated…she thought he was being arrogant and snobbish. Well, it was really true…even though he is rather a jerk. LOL. We just need to see with new eyes.

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