Reasons I Don’t Shop “Black Friday” Sales

Black Friday Sales!  40% off!  Sale starts at 4:30!  Opening at Midnight!  Shop Now!  Huge Savings!

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These are just some of the catchy marketing phrases used to lure you into the stores to shop the Black Friday sales. I’m supposing that as a “frugal” person that they should work on me.  But they don’t.  I’ve had too many “experiences” at these sales.   Some of the reasons I don’t shop the “Black Friday” sales are:

1.  My shopping list is small. Most of my items are not on sale enough for me to go stand in line at 2:00 a.m., in the freezing cold, with a large crowd of people that may or may not be controllable.

2.  Getting up at 7:00 a.m. to go to work is hard for me so why am I going to get up at 2 in the morning to go save a few dollars on my small list.

3.  I don’t like large crowds. From the pictures that I’ve seen, the crowds were huge.

4.  I’ve shopped the “Black Friday” sales. I don’t like being pushed, pulled, hit, cussed at, nearly ran over with buggies, or have things yanked out of my hands because someone else gets caught up in the moment and forgets how to act in a store.

5.  There will be other sales before Christmas. I’ll go to those or I’ll …

6.  Shop online. Shopping online from the comfort of my home is much more convenient.

Do you shop the “Black Friday” sales?  If you, leave us a comment telling us some of your “Black Friday” experiences. If not, why?  Leave us a comment and tell us why you don’t shop “Black Friday” sales.

Till next time,

JT Locke
The Frugal Housewife

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  1. Chicky401 says:

    I have gone shopping on Black Friday before but only twice. That was enough for me! I am a well mannered get along with most kinda person but when pushed around by other shoppers and being in an overcrowded store it tends to be easy for me to snap. I am not the one to start any problems but if you think you are going to push me, rip something out of my hand or anything else you are sadly mistaken! People go nuts, way too nuts for me. I prefer to put up Christmas decorations with the kids and eat turkey leftovers on Black Friday.

  2. Storm says:

    I froze to death the first year I was married waiting outside Best Buy because DH was bent on getting something. Since then I have convinced him online is generally just as good – this year so much has been available online, you might as well just do it that way!

  3. Angie says:

    I avoid the Black Friday brick and mortar sales for the same reasons as you!! I shopped for my kids already (online with free shipping) to be sure I got what I wanted. Now that’s out of the way my list is pretty small. It’s seems people buy more than they intend and buy stuff that they don’t need with the Black Friday sales…”But it was all 50″ off!!!”. :)

  4. BK says:

    I don’t think I would want to do that either. I don’t have much things to buy and usually if I do shopping, I’ll just go and get the things I want and then leave the place. I don’t really fancy crowded places. Online shopping can be a pretty good alternative as long as we know that the online site is reputable and not some scamming sites.

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