Are you a Black Friday shopper?
Last year 225 million people went shopping the day after Thanksgiving. That’s one in three Americans. Some of them camped out overnight and missed Thanksgiving with their family in the name of a good deal.
Now, I love a bargain, but I have to ask- Is our time really worth Black Friday’s deals? Is there anything we can buy on Black Friday that we can’t buy, if we really need it, on another day? Is a deal really a deal when we put ourselves in the least enjoyable shopping environment there is?
Our time is precious. If we have an extra day to do with as we please aren’t there far more pressing and enjoyable things we can do than shop? Would you rather have an extra day of vacation to do with as you like or a day spent circling the mall parking lot looking for a parking space? When we compare stressful shopping to all the other things we could be doing with our time, enjoyable things, it is hard to believe that a third of us voluntarily give our time to the madness of Black Friday shopping.
There are so many great ways to spend a vacation day that don’t include shopping. One of the best things to reveal itself from my family’s commitment to have less stuff is that we don’t have to do what everyone else does. While our neighbors might be inclined to use Black Friday to score a lot of new things, we don’t have to do the same. We have a choice.
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