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She'd likely be brunching and throwing down a Cosmo (at least that's what I envision)! I truly don't think SJP would be power shopping. She's smarter than to head out into an adrenaline-rushed heard of crazies elbowing each other for a snagged sweater that's not even the right size! I swear the word sale can make the best of us think something is a lot more attractive than it is, the same way everything in the grocery store becomes appealing when you're starving or when you've not gone on a date in a while (the frog can look like a prince). Legitimately attractive or just readily available? Pause and think before you pounce.
Think like a boss this season: a fatter savings and investments account is more attractive than dripping in credit card bills or clothes that are going to go out of style. How about reinvesting in your business or your health? Those also count as totally legitimate investments.
How I prevent myself from attempting sales: I spend my money in advance 😉 Investing in personal development, one's indulgences of choice or finding deals before the fact year round. Knowing what I need, want and can afford are all part of the advance research and decision-making package in not only Black Friday spend, though spend in general.
My latest investment is a 28-Day Keto Cookbook (arrived yesterday) which I am SO STOKED to kick into gear starting December 1st. Back to Black Friday and you 😉
If you are a Black Friday sniper-shopper, I fully commend you! I don't possess the Black Friday gene, though I would never discount a deal. If Eco Diva Beauty is throwing down a sale, I'm all over it (no matter the time of year). I'm a slave to May Lindstrom's Honey Mud (my at-home eco-luxe indulgence), OMGEEE.
Another angle (on being anti-Black Friday): it's kind of like going to a buffet and overindulging just because it's there. Picture it. What's the point in loading up your plate if you're already full or what's on offer is subpar? I'm only planting these visions in your head to help you literally see why you're showing up [for Black Friday] in the first place.
Rule one: do not buy items on sale that you wouldn't pay full price for. When you buy things on sale, ‘just because they're on sale', you're justifying your spending and filling some void that's not even retail related – heads up!
Think about Black Friday this way, a shopping hang-over is just the same as a food coma hangover, or dare I say it – a one night stand! Said indulgence or momentarily “worthy” decision might be a serotonin rush in the moment, though a major crash once you actually come-to. Also, what's wrong with deal snapping up & hunting year round?
If you're someone who knows her triggers around spending and want to avoid a monetary & emotional hangover, just steer clear. I completely avoid going into certain stores unless I know I need something – and/or I'm in a healthy position to drop the cash should I wish. Another point: just because you have the disposable cash does not mean you need to spend it.
If you're going to take any Black Friday advice to the bank this year, let these few reminders & tips guide your decisions and help you navigate the waters of overspend or overindulge:
- Shop online and add to cart but don't check out. Or, make a wish list you can come back to after you've slept on some decisions for 48 hours. Not the point of Black Friday? Hey, I'm just making suggestions, not writing the rules 😉
- Make a list of that which you want (think you need) and answer the first 3 questions in my top 9 money rules that will save your booty over and over and over again.
- Create a budget. So you know you want to head out to do some Black Friday shopping and you're going to spend money no matter what. Pick a dollar amount and stick to it (advance research of what you're spending on comes in handy here). Better yet, take that cash out and leave your credit card and debit card at home if you are prone to overspending. Does your cash flow in (income) this month match your cash flow out (spending)? Ask yourself.
- Own your emotions don't let your emotions own you. Emotional spending is just as bad as emotional eating, don't go there!
- Shop solo. When we are shopping with a friend/friends, it's easy to shop just because someone else is.
- Do not buy something on sale that you wouldn't pay full price for, I repeat.
- Sales last a lot longer than you think, not just one weekend or one day. Shift your mindset and habits to having FOMO about missing a workout vs missing Black Friday shopping. If something is meant to make it into your shopping cart and then into your closet or home, it will find a way, regardless of the day.
- Do you research ahead of time on who is having the best sales, where the greatest deals are, and how you can combine different offers (deals online, deals in store, buying more than 2 items or up to a certain # of dollar spend to get a certain percentage off in savings). Do the math.
- If you're making large purchases (think: electronics) AND you are responsible with controlling your credit card usage, make big ticket purchases on credit cards that collect points. Points, as in: cash-back, airline points, hotels, rental cards, etc. Every bonus you can squeeze out of spending, squeeze that good juice out!
- Window shop by reading blogs. Am I nuts? No. This is a great way to do research on save vs. splurge items of which many bloggers have comparisons and links to. Take the short cut, and take advantage of someone else's talent's who have came before you. They've created a blog for that reason, to help you out.
An App I have not used, though I've heard of is “RetailMeNot”. The gist is the site is an online/digital savings destination with savings at an array of retail, food & beverage, household, and more, to use online and in person. There are both USA and Canadian sites specific, so wherever you are, figure it out and set your preferences. Check it out, if you're curious 😉
Important note: if you are someone who subscribes to every retailer under the sun and receives emails on the regular – don't bother opening your email on Black Friday if you are planning on avoiding spending. Your inbox will be brimming and you will be tempted beyond belief!
Now, the good news.
Things to buy on Black Friday:
- Items not from big box retailers that otherwise would not be on “sale” or sold at a “value”
- Basically, electronics
Other things to do on Black Friday:
- Sleep in
- Turn left-overs into a killer amazing breakfast
- Make phone calls to those you haven't talked to in a while
- Watch movies
- Go digital-detox
- Get in a workout
- Read a book
- Create an indulgent at home self-care routine (or grab a pal and hit up your favorite spa)
- Make a list of all of the things you are grateful for in detail
- Plan out what you'd like your 2017 to look like and put a couple things on the wish/bucket list
- Give smiles and high vibes away like they're goin' out of style!
Take a page out of whatever book you wish today, own it, and get your game face on.
Sending you mega blessings for the day ahead and wishing you the best no matter where your Black Friday decisions and ventures take you.