Black Friday mind tricks
With less than 24 hours to go until Black Friday kicks off, today I thought I’d share how I’m approaching the annual sales event this year.
Rather than buying anything for myself over the past month or so, I’ve been making a note of anything that’s piqued my interest.
In fact, giving myself time to consider whether I really need a purchase is a good habit to get into, instead of impulse-buying immediately. More often than not, my ‘needs’ should outweigh my ‘wants’.
Do I really want that Baby Yoda mug that Instagram served up in an advert after I watched The Mandalorian? Of course! Do I actually need it, though? Well, no, its oversized ears/handles would take up half the shelf… Unnecessary expense avoided.
Anyway, I’ve whittled down this list to a few key ‘big-ticket items’, things I wouldn’t want friends and family to spend their hard-earned money getting me for Christmas, but which I’d still get a kick out of.
(Fine, you’ve twisted my arm – one of them is a massage gun… Yep, I’m contemplating paying for a machine to repeatedly pummel the lactic acid out of my legs after a run… I’m literally a glutton for punishment).
When it comes to Black Friday itself, I’ll scout around the internet to see what discounts – if any – are being offered on my Treat-Yo-Self list I’ve been keeping on my phone.
And because I’ll know precisely what I’m looking for, I can bypass the temptation of unnecessarily buying things I don’t need.
After all, when it comes to bad spending habits, you must unlearn what you have learned.
More of Sam’s top tips for Black Friday:
- Set an alarm! A lot of online shops operate a “when it’s gone, it’s gone” policy, so make sure you’re an early bird to avoid missing the worm…
- Get on the phone today and ask your loved-ones what they may want for the holidays, as you should be able to make some savings across the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales!