Yesterday was Black Friday and (not surprisingly at all) it also took place in Germany. In my city, shops were open until midnight and there were sales up to 70%. So what did I do on my Friday night? I went shopping with my boyfriend!
I am invited to a wedding next month and I already have a dress but I need a pair of shoes and a gold necklace to go with the dress. Those were my goals for the day. And what happened? I was shopping for 4 hours (I hate shopping by the way) and got nothing! NOTHING! The sales everywhere were an awesome opportunity to buy things I NEEDED. At least my boyfriend bought a pair of jeans so our effort wasn’t completely wasted… (He really went there with the goal of buying jeans, so he wasn’t tempted to buy anything else.)
Wandering in the shopping mall filled with way to many people and a marching band jamming the latest hits (as if it wasn’t loud enough already), I felt really stressed. It started on Friday morning when I got all kinds of mails/newsletter to inform me of the sales. I felt like I HAD TO buy something because of the sale. When I didn’t find anything to buy in the evening, I was stressed because I didn’t take the opportunity. I could have bought some clutter just for the sake of easing my conscious but I don’t want this clutter in my life! I don’t buy things just for fun! I just buy whatever I really need.
I guess those sales are meant for Christmas gift shopping but in my family we usually deal with the presents the week before Christmas. Nobody knows what they want for Christmas yet!
In the end, this consumer pressure was really bothering me. The thought of “I HAVE TO BUY SOMETHING” because of the sale was ruining the fun of shopping. I don’t want to be pressured to buy anything. Those sales tempt us to buy stuff we don’t need and waste money and resources.
Don’t get wrong! If you got some great deals on things you needed, you had a great shopping night but If you regret half the things you bought, you stepped into the sales trap. In order to not walk into the sales trap again and save some money, here are 5 tips for you:
- Ask yourself: Do I need this or do I want this?
- Reflect on your shopping bag: Usually there are some sales in the store and the rest of the pieces have regular prices. What did you buy? The sale pieces or the regular priced pieces? Did the store lure you into buying more regular priced pieces?
- Don’t get tempted by the atmosphere! Yes, the Christmas decoration is pretty and cozy. Yes, the Christmas songs are all time classics. But that is also set up to make you feel comfortable to stay longer and spend more money. Blend it out!
- Set yourself a budget and stick to it! There are always ATMs in the malls to get more cash but you have to stay strong!
- Don’t go shopping with a big group of friends (especially if they love shopping). When I see 5 friends buying a lot of things in a store, I subconsciously imitate them and also buy more stuff I don’t need.
There is still Cyber Monday ahead of us, so don’t get tempted guys!
What is your Black Friday experience? If you live anywhere except the USA, are there even Black Friday Sales in your city?
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