Black Friday. This day was so named because it was traditionally the day retail stores ran in the “black” or profitably in quite a while, maybe even the Christmas season the year before. Ever since I can remember, parents have been battling it out over the “it” gift. Only 1 day after saying how thankful we are for our: health, family, (fill in the blank), we push and shove our way to the front of the line. I find this ironic and disturbing. *picture courtesy of boxingscene.com
Black Friday can be a great way to score some fantastic deals. But under no circumstance should we push, kick, hit, fight, scream, or resort to devious under-handed tactics to obtain ANYTHING. Sometimes, the best rules we learn are the rules from Kindergarten. When the twins were in daycare, people used to laugh when I would go over my expectations for them:
- No Hitting
- No Biting
- No Pushing
- No Shoving
- No Kicking
- Be Nice!!
- Give Hugs
But, I say we could ALL use these rules! And not just on holidays or Church days (whichever/however those are for you). We should live by these rules. I do shop some on Black Friday. Before Kids (BK) It was a great way to scour the ads and spend quality time with my Grandma – planning our gifting for the holiday season. After Kids (AK) it can be a great way to score pants for $5 (free shipping). I swear these kids NEVER stop growing out of or blowing out the knees of their jeans!
With the right attitude, Black Friday can be a great day. Here are my rules for the day:
- See general life rules above
- Sleep in, if its gone by the time I get there – it wasn’t meant to be
- Do as much online as I can
- If I find myself becoming grumpy – leave. It’s not worth it.
- Set a budget and STICK TO IT
- Go to local stores first.
- Make a list of NEEDS (Socks, pants etc.) and a separate list of WANTS (Legos and board games). Finish your NEEDS first, then move to the WANTS. When the budget is gone, it’s gone.