It has been said that Black Friday is the day we trample people for things we don’t need, the day after being thankful for what we have. The day is the absolute Armageddon doomsday for minimalists and most tiny housers. It is a day to celebrate consumerism at any cost! So how does someone trying to live on a small scale survive such a day?
DON’T GO SHOPPING!
How is that for a solution? Not very realistic is it? But it is probably what you thought would be the advice given. Truth is, there are several ways to make the most of Black Friday without giving up your minimalist card. By definition, minimalism is being intentional about the possessions you have and getting rid of the excess. Unfortunately though, if you’re a recent declutterer or you are trying to find a way to live with less, Black Friday causes all sorts of anxiety while also making you want to purchase so as not to miss the incredible sales! The following 10 tips may help you manage the stress and heart palpitations though!
THROW YOURSELF A BONE
Before budgeting all your money for others, throw yourself a bone. Said aside a small amount to treat yourself to something that will make you very happy.
CALL A SPADE, A SPADE
Millions of dollars are spent on Black Friday marketing. There are signs and contests, point-of-sale items, and special discounts for certain groups. It is a pressure cooker situation and is geared to doing and not thinking. The sooner you realize this and adjust for it, the better off you’ll be.
YOU SAVED WHAT?
Don’t allow yourself to believe you saved that much money. Stores are famous for raising the prices just a touch, right before a big sale. That way they still record the same profit margin. Not to mention, on a day like Black Friday you are going to spend a little more money than you usually would so all of that saved money is now spent on additional items.
TAKE A VACATION
It is the day after Thanksgiving. It is a holiday. Treat it as such. Splurge on a breakfast out or a very select cup of coffee. Take a seat and watch people scramble through the shopping center. There is no pressure to buy. You have identified the mission objective of retailers sales. You know the sales will return just before Christmas. So take a vacation. Enjoy the day and all the entertainment it has to offer.
Don’t be afraid to bring along a partner who is good at saying no. Make yourself accountable to them. This way when you are tempted to buy a set of 4 Coca-Cola glasses for a colleague at work a few cubicles down, because she once had a Coca-Cola coffee mug and you are now convinced she is a collector, your accountability partner can say NO!
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