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.
- 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.
- Throw out all Black Friday flyers and ads.
- Ignore all online Black Friday ads and install ad blocker on you internet browser. Delete any Black Friday promotional emails.
- On Thanksgiving, throw your car key in a bowl of water and put it in the freezer. Next, unplug your internet connection.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Stay home on Black Friday and ignore all the craziness outside and online.
- Take out that piece of paper from step #1 and look at the dollar amount you wrote down.
- 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!