As I am bombarded by adds for Black Friday I was shocked to see something different this year…….3AM openings, midnight openingsÂ or worse yet, stores that don’t evenÂ close for Thanksgiving Day!Â Â This year, retailers are working even harder to get your dollar and shoppers are more savy with where and how they are spending their money.Â The crowds of Black Friday putme in a panic attack mode.Â IÂ am not a shopper with crowds.Â I try to go to stores when they open on a weekday whenÂ I know the stores are near empty of people.Â Â So this got me thinking, what is the allureÂ with all that middle of the night shoppingÂ while waiting in line in the frigid cold?Â I got the answer.Â The evidence is all over facebook today.Â The black Friday shopping isÂ part of a ritualÂ with family or friends.Â That is a conceptÂ thatI can get behind.Â I canÂ understand moms and daughters standing in line shivering and giggling while waiting to get that money savingsÂ item on their list.Â I can understand sisters being crazy together with this experience.Â So hereÂ are my tips for Black Friday and really any day of shopping.
1.Â Shop with someone you love and make a memory
2.Â Only buy what is on your list
3.Â Stay withinÂ your budget
4.Â Avoid bringing things into your house that will create clutter
5.Â Shop localÂ brick and mortar stores where more of the money you spendÂ stays in your communityÂ
To Joyful, Simplified Living,