The Ultimate Black Friday Survival Guide

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The US Thanksgiving is around the corner. Many people associate Thanksgiving with crazy sales because of Black Friday. During this time, stores lower their prices to entice people to spend money and buy things. Every year we hear people getting hurt or even sale-induced-riots on Black Friday. I believe this year we can avoid such Black Friday gong show if we follow the ultimate Black Friday survival guide described below.

  1. Write down all the things you plan to buy this Black Friday. Next calculate how much all these items will cost. Write down this number on a piece of paper.
  2. Throw out all Black Friday flyers and ads.
  3. Ignore all online Black Friday ads and install ad blocker on you internet browser. Delete any Black Friday promotional emails.
  4. On Thanksgiving, throw your car key in a bowl of water and put it in the freezer. Next, unplug your internet connection.
  5. Before Thanksgiving dinner, imagine that you are living in a developing or underdeveloped country. Imagine that you now only have 1/10 of the luxuries you have at home. Imagine that you have no electricity and no drinking water. There’s no food in your fridge readily available whenever you wanted, because you have no fridge; you have no computer, no internet, no TV, not even a flushing toilet. Imagine not being able to feed your family because there’s not enough food. Imagine going to bed hungry. Imagine going to work hungry. Imagine having to walk for miles to get any drinking water. Imagine the biggest luxury in life are the clothes that you are wearing right now. Imagine what your life would be without all the things that you always take for granted.
  6. Close your eyes and truly feel thankful. Feel thankful that you live in a developed country where things are readily available. Be thankful that there’s electricity, drinking water, heat, and a roof over your head. Be appreciative of what you have in life now. Be appreciative of what you already have when so many people in this world are living in poverty, going to bed hungry, and suffering every day. Be thankful that you have family and friends sitting with you at dinner table, ready to enjoy the beautiful Thanksgiving dinner.
  7. Go to a family member or a friend sitting next to you, and give him or her a hug. Tell him or her how thankful you are to have him/her around in your life
  8. Stay home on Black Friday and ignore all the craziness outside and online.
  9. Take out that piece of paper from step #1 and look at the dollar amount you wrote down.
  10. Donate half of that money to help someone in need. Invest the other half for a better future for yourself. Or whatever mix you decide to do.

Simple right? Now who’s with me?

P.S.  For us Canadians, also known as the always-apologizing-toque-wearing-eh-the-friendly-northern-neighbours-eh, we already celebrated our Thanksgiving in October by saying sorry repeatedly to turkeys before we eat them then saying sorry multiple times after we finish our Thanksgiving meal.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all Americans out there!

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    earlyretirementnow.com
    November 21, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Haha, that's the perfect guide for the holidays. More hugs, less spending. And I was already afraid we had exported that Black Friday madness to Canada. Whew! Stay frugal everybody!

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      November 21, 2016 at 11:03 am

      I thought some people might enjoy the guide. 🙂

      Sadly, the Black Friday madness has moved to Canada. 🙁

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    PhysicianOnFIRE
    November 21, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Wait, so I'm not supposed to put on shoulderpads and secure my rightful place in the stampede at Walmart, Target, and Best Buy?

    The only outing on my Black Friday schedule is ringing the Salvation Army bell with my boys outside Walgreens. It's close to my home and was quite busy last year. And the boys look super cute in the red apron.

    Best,
    -PoF

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      Tawcan
      November 21, 2016 at 11:04 am

      LOL! I want to see a pic of you with shoulder pads at Best Buy. :p

      Ringing the Salvation Army bell seems like a great thing to do. Maybe you should make it a Black Friday tradition in the family?

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    Mr. Tako @ Mr. Tako Escapes
    November 21, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Great survival guide Tawcan.

    Does Canada have a "shopping holiday" like Black Friday?

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      November 21, 2016 at 11:05 am

      The Black Friday madness is starting to migrate to Canada as many stores now advertise "Black Friday" sales.

      Here in Canada we have this holiday called "Boxing Day" that's on Dec 26th.

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    Brian
    November 21, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I'm going to combine Halloween & Black Friday & Christmas shopping, by wearing my Trump mask into Best Buy, scaring the bejesus out of normal people. I'm sure management will offer me 80% off anything, just to get me out of the store. I will finish my Christmas shopping in no time, and be home to watch BNN in a flash. Oh, sorry about that, I'm Canadian too.

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      November 22, 2016 at 11:23 am

      LOL that's hilarious. 🙂

  • Reply
    Divnomics
    November 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Ha this really made me laugh! Very good stuff and really on point. Just focus on the positive.
    Since a few years we also know the 'Black Friday' in the Netherlands, although we don't celebrate Thanksgiving. It really is madness and I'm always glad I will miss it completely 🙂

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      November 22, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Interesting that Black Friday has made its entrance in Netherlands. That's pretty insane.

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    Vivianne
    November 21, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Every year, we'd shake off Black Friday, but this year, I do need a computer, as I'm retiring my dead screen too slow to load laptop. LOL 🙂 Consume! Consume! Consume!

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      November 22, 2016 at 11:25 am

      It is better to get a computer on Black Friday or Cyber Monday?

  • Reply
    Freedom 40 Guy
    November 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Great survival guide! I think I'll share his with the fam and then see if I can actually get all of them to go on a hike with me!

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      November 22, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Hiking on Black Friday? You probably won't encounter too many people on the trail. 🙂

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    Dominique
    November 22, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Great advice to make you you don't overspend. This could be applied in other situations as well. Excellent read!

    • Reply
      Tawcan
      November 22, 2016 at 11:26 am

      Thanks Dominique.

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    Million Endeavour
    November 23, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I will use your black Friday survival guide for the rest of time! Thank you hehe 😉

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    Full Time Finance
    November 23, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I've actually never been out on Black Friday and I don't plan to start now. I've found the best deals are usually after Christmas not before. Still thanks as I found this post entertaining.

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    Primal Prosperity
    November 25, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Wow, this is great! This is totally how my mind thinks also. I did a similar challenge for 'over-eating' during the holidays. 🙂

    https://primal-prosperity.com/2016/11/23/feasting-and-fasting/

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      Primal Prosperity
      November 25, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Also, whenever my husband and I are out hiking in a beautiful forest, we often wonder why anyone would prefer shopping over nature?

      • Reply
        Tawcan
        November 28, 2016 at 12:20 pm

        I often wonder the same too. Mrs. T and I get tired very quickly whenever we need to go shopping...

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    November 29, 2016 at 6:45 am

    […] the 4.6 million Americans who travel more than 50 miles for turkey! And Tawcan offered 10 steps for avoiding Black Friday madness.  My favorite is #4—throw your car keys in a bowl of water and stick the bowl in the freezer. […]

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