Saturday April 19th 2014

Smart Spending

Dear Black Friday, I Think I’m Breaking Up With You.

By: Chrystie V.

Do you know what today is? It’s exactly 4 weeks until the most glorious &¬† godly holiday overrated & stressful holiday of all…Black Friday! Last year, I filmed a special for TLC’s Extreme Couponing entitled “Black Friday Blitz” where I dragged my poor mother and sister-in-law to dozens of stores during a 17 hour overnight jaunt across Portland! P.S. Remind me to never do that again!I came home with bags and bags of things I didn’t need nor intended to buy, exhausted, cold and just freaking over it! Damn you bright lights & holiday tunes!

So here’s the truth, Black Friday used to be my jam. I loved getting up in the wee hours of the morning with my mom and sister, jumping in the car, hitting up Dunkin Donuts and then waiting in line for 2 hours in the FREEZING cold at Walmart just to be able to save a few bucks on some toys for my kids.

Nowadays, however, because I’ve changed my spending habits and I’m much more methodical and organized about spending, I find that if I keep my eyes open year round for deals, I can usually find a better deal on most items than on Black Friday. And if I’m going to be even more honest with you, I do most of my shopping online. Amazon is my go-to holiday shopping site.

Listen just because I’m breaking up with Black Friday doesn’t mean you have to. And if you love the thrill of getting trampled on by dozens of moms also wanting a Furby for their child..then all I ask is that you be careful, okay?

And for you die-hards…here’s a list of the leaked 2012 Black Friday Ads!

 

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