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While chatting with a friend the other day, I mentioned that I would be staying home this Black Friday. He was quite confused; didn’t I want to rake in the savings that could be had on this day?
I tried to explain it to him but failed entirely; given my nature, I’m much better at explaining things by using the written word so here it is.
I’m not going to shop on Black Friday because I don’t need anything.
I have everything I need. I have a roof over my head, food in my pantry, clothes on my back and money in the bank. My computer works like a dream and I’ve even acquired all of the software I wanted to attain for my business.
The only thing Katie wanted this year was a backpack. I found that on eBay.
If I really needed something (like the crock pot the other year) and I knew that I could score a good deal I would probably wander out but this year I don’t need anything.
That is a really good feeling, not needing anything. I must confess that in this Minimalism does have its advantages.
As for a washing machine, the appliance is a want, not a need. For now I am content washing things by hand and occasionally visiting a laundromat while I look around for a replacement.
So this year I’m staying home. I will work on my book projects, watch a little Netflix and enjoy the silence since Katie is going over to her Dad’s.
Before you decide to venture out on Black Friday ask yourself if there is anything that you really need. Remember, the stores that will be open have a single goal in mind: to separate you from as much of your money as possible. They do this by offering you deals on items that you may not necessarily need but want instead.
By all means, if you really need something (like your coat is falling to pieces or your computer died), go out and save some money. But if you don’t need anything, why not stay home instead. It will definitely be safer!
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