3 Ways to Avoid Black Friday Hype

11.24.08 | Consumerism | 2 Comments | by junger

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This week, you'll be bombarded with commercials, blog posts and newspaper ads for Black Friday, the biggest day of the shopping year.

It's almost impossible to avoid hearing about the sales and specials and people who think it's a good idea to get up at 2 AM to go stand in line to buy stuff.

But you don't have to get caught up in the hype. Here are three ways to avoid it.

Remind Yourself: You Don't Need More Stuff

Have you ever found yourself buying something you really don't need? Black Friday is the day that will happen.

Avoiding more stuff is one of the central tenants of a frugal lifestyle. If you don't really need something, you shouldn't buy it. Even if it's such a great deal you can't pass it up, ask yourself this: are you just getting more stuff?

Disconnect From the Media

You can only be tempted into purchasing stuff if you allow yourself to be marketed to. Instead of sitting at the computer or watching TV, use the holiday for the right reason — to spend time with your family.

Unplug from the marketing and promotion machine. It's not worth it. For real.

If you don't let them talk to you, you won't be affected by them.

Consider the Alternative: Where Else Could Your Money Go?

It's almost the end of the month. If you're thinking about going shopping on Black Friday, consider how much you might spend. Wouldn't that be better placed in your savings onion?

When you've got money in your hand, take a second and think about what it's going to be doing for you. You want your money to work hard for you — is it better spent paying off your debt? How about saving for a house?

It's your decision to make.

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