Black Friday

It was cold. The sun hadn’t yet risen, and there I was standing outside the retail store watching the clock countdown to game time.

I was there with other shoppers hoping to get “the deal” we couldn’t get anywhere else, only to have the item I wanted sell out before I was two steps in the building!

I don’t know if you’ve had a similar experience. But it raises the question of whose interests are being served by these discount days…the customer or the retailer?

Savings or Trap?

Many online retailers have already started their “Black Friday” deals, while most brick-and-mortar stores are waiting until the day after Thanksgiving to let loose their door buster savings. It’s easy to get sucked into buying something due to its low, low price. But, be careful you are being wise with your spending habits.

“We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” Dave Ramsey

Black Friday deals can save you a lot of money, but if you’re not careful they can also have you buying things you don’t need.

As you approach the holiday season this year, make sure you are conscientious about your purchases. Make your list (and check it twice), and then see how you can leverage discount days like Black Friday to suit your needs…not the other way around.