I’m taking this stance today as many of my Frugal counterparts show you how today is like Nirvana for tight fisted beings like ourselves. I’m not against what they are saying but lately I am on a big and ever growing non-consumerism kick. So I say we say F**k You to Black Friday! I’m sorry if that’s offensive but harse times require harsh words.
I am in Cairo, Egypt as I write this so luckily have not had to deal with Black Friday circulars or advertising thrown in my face from every side (I have had to experience mass sheep slaughter this morning though, which may explain my foul mood!).
Before you embark out today I think you need to ask yourself why you are going. Do you actually need the items you will return with? And even if you decide yes, what are the chances that you won’t be tempted by the shiny bright lights and joyous spirit of spending and come back with far thank you anticipated?
Why would you want to flirt with the possibility of getting involved in a shopping stampede or an endless queue? What’s fun about that? Maybe consider enjoying the day at home with the family and cooking a nice meal followed by a family game of Monopoly, to get rid of any of your spending urges!
If we truly want to be Frugal then we should not respond to the lure of the capitalist corporations. They are giving Super Deals today that in reality should be offered everyday. In my eyes, the staff should either be paid more or the price of the products should be reduced permanently.
I understand for many today is a great day to pick up some Christmas presents at reduced prices. You may be able to find something someone really needs for a great price. But do make sure that you play by your rules, buy what you need and no more.
Also look at your Christmas list, think about all these pieces of metal and plastic you are buying. Would the receivers actually be more appreciative of something that came from your heart? Your sister does not need an apple corer, a knife does this job if used correctly! Instead buy her a cooking lesson from a local cook. Consider more thoughtful presents like sponsorship of an animal at a local zoo or trip to a local spot of natural beauty. These things mean much more than a toaster or whatever other inanimate object you may end up buying!
Sorry for the rant and I hope you know what I am getting at.
I don’t think Black Friday deal grabbers are bad people. I just want us all to cosider our consumption and if we really need the things we buy. Under consumption on everyone’s part will make life easier for us and future generations.
I hope you have a great day,