Are you ready for Black Friday?

Hello Dear Reader,

I’ll never be a thrifty blogger who tells you the way to money saving is to get the best deals on this that or the other. I’ll be the thrifty blogger who says: get it for nothing, swap, barter, get it out of a skip, haggle at car boot sales, use Freecycle or the Freeads. Go to charity shops, re-cycling centres or just ask for something. Black Friday should be called cynical money grabbing commercialism Friday.

Now don’t get me wrong, America has given us some wonderful things but Black Friday isn’t one of them. By the way, love the music. Thanks for that. As for Black Friday, you can shove it!

So, we’ve imported that and it’s here and we don’t even have a public holiday weekend, visiting home or sporting spectacles to go with it, just the utter pointlessness of being encouraged to buy a load of detritus we just don’t need. I have checked. I’ve been around the house and we have everything we need. There are no gaps, nothing is missing. We have clothes, furniture, a TV, electrical equipment, kitchen equipment and toiletries. We’re fine thank you.

You could even think of this, the more you shop, the less you live. Shopping takes time, effort, energy that could be used visiting friends and family, participating in your community, you could have a de-clutter day where you get rid of stuff you neither need or want. In fact, if you can, take two items of anything you like to your local charity shop and donate it. Go through your books, find a few you’ve read and don’t want anymore and take them to work and leave them where people can find them and take them home and read them. On Bleak Friday, yes I did say bleak, do something else instead of shopping. I mean anything is better than buying things you don’t need.

Before you convince yourself that it’s a bargain, that you’ll save money, just check your house. Do you have shoes or none? Clothes or none? Electrical appliances or none? Do your children have toys and books or none? I will do everything I can to convince you that you need less than you think. If you have what you need, then you can stay out of the shops. If you need something, then refer to the first paragraph.

buy nothing day 2017

Over to you Dear Reader, who else is bucking the trend, staying home, with their purse shut and not spending money? Bleak Friday………….no thanks.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxx

 

 

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48 thoughts on “Are you ready for Black Friday?

  1. I will not be shopping! I have a few presents to buy but I refuse to help them rush the holiday.
    Nor are any of the presents I need large expensive items. Just a small gift for each grandchild

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  2. Absolutely! We too have everything we need, instead of buying ,we will be giving, we have some furniture to donate and are giving an unwanted bread maker to the food bank as hopefully people donate bread flour and somebody can make cheap loves and pizzas! We have also found our wind up radio that hopefully will be of use to somebody who is homeless as it requires no batteries or electricity, apparently our food bank takes things for them too and especially need warm hats and gloves.We are so fortunate to have our modest home and feel so bad for those who are struggling!

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  4. I actually find the sight of people fighting each other to get to the bargains frightening- no one needs a new handbag so much that they trample other human beings to get it. I won’t be taking part in the shops or online.

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    • I agree!!
      I never have understood the need to kill someone for a flat screen tv. (Deaths have occurred in the States at these events and it is horrifying.)
      The sales run longer than just BF and if you are buying it for yourself, wait until January when the sales are better. No need to go off half cocked for things over people..

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  5. I couldn’t care any less about Black Friday. Xmas is just me again this year so apart from some chews for the dogs I have no one to buy for. My weekends recently have been spent at home (I think I’m turning into a recluse) chopping wood and undoing unfinished crochet projects to make a new crochet jacket. The festive feeling is passing me by. I may have to dye my hair green (again) and change my name to Grinch.

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  6. I agree, Black Friday is well renamed as Bleak Friday; a pointless cynical exercise in selling us things he we don’t need. I shall be ignoring it and carrying on as normal. I love to knit and have piles of yarn, and will knit a hat for charity, love to read, and I have loads of books and a public library . I love my garden and will be tidying it up ready for winter. We thank our lucky stars that we have everything we need

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  7. I had no idea Black Friday had crossed over to your part of the world! For many years I’ve actually WORKED a few hours on Black Friday as extra help in a high end handbag shop. A friend manages the place and needs the extra help an I can earn a bit. I’m always amazed at the number of people who will buy MULTIPLE high priced bags or wallets! A completely unnecessary spend and often for themselves instead of a Christmas gift.

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  8. Black Friday adverts the big run up to it drives me nuts, I for one will be driven out of town rather than drawn in for bargains, same with sales, Lot of hype marketing and smoke and mirror pricing and so called “deals” Same with Halloween and Guy Fawkes (Bonfire Night) Virtually non existent parties and celebrations ( a scooped out turnip) you showed your granny and left on the doorstep for a hour one evening once now the whole nine yards then it got stretched over the whole weekend and now Halloween is stretched the whole week into Bonfire night. By who? By people who want to pay millions in advertising etc etc to sell us even more millions of cr”p having been pestered half to death by the younger members of the family or a must do prosecco party for the adult ladies type thing. I dont mean to be a skinflint or a killjoy but it is so cynical and so subtle to get us to spend spend spend every single week from August to December by which time they have rung us dry and quite possibly sunk us all in unmanageable debt by January. I am with you on this one Froogs.

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  9. I’ve never been a fan, and most of my small shopping is already completed except for food. I never go near malls and have avoided the discount stores for days and weeks. Unless getting a gift for a kid, I now gift consumables such as foods or items like writing paper which people will use up.

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  10. I am definately ready for Black Friday! We spend a cozy day at home putting up the Christmas decorations and watching Christmas movies. We bake cookies and make our own ornaments. It is one of my favorite days of the year. I hate crowds so the idea of shopping on Black Friday gives me hives!

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    • I have finally decided I’m super done with consumerism. I buy for the need now not the want Even with charity shops finding I’m using them less and less. firstly I no longer want to shop and I also think they very rarely offer value for money. I would rather help a charity of my choice in other ways. If I can make it or repurpose I will. As fo Bla.. bleek friday. keep it.enjoy cookie making.

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  11. If you only knew how many of us Americans hate Black Friday and do not shop on that day. Please don’t stuff us all into that box. We are fugal too and save for the holiday and shop as we see items through out the year.

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    • Agree, fellow American here. It’s beyond an embarassment to see the ugly display of behavior-all in order to get “stuff.” Nope. One thing to note is that this year, many journalists have shared that merchants are rolling out black Fri prices early. No problem, I had my budget saved monthly for Christmas, and a list and took advantage of promos, sales, free shipping etc. I am now done with what limited shopping I actually do, once I pick up the last order that was shipped to the store for me, so that I don’t pay shipping fees. My goal is to always be done before Thanksgiving as I hate the crowds and craziness. I can now slowly decorate, bake treats and enjoy the calm of the season.

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  12. I am shopping on Black Friday. Only because the vacuum cleaner died and cannot be resurrected. Just going one place, unless Amazon puts it on sale cheaper. Otherwise I’ll be making cookie dough and my shopping list for Small Business Saturday to buy presents locally.

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  13. I’m in the States. The only Black Friday shopping I’ve done in recent years has been online! I work every other year and the off years I go spend Thanksgiving with friends and stay over into Friday (several hours away from my home). This year I believe we’re going to a nature center on Friday for a nice walk.

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  14. I find the whole idea – and the resulting frenzy – absolutely appalling. It has made it’s way to Canada over the past few years but since it’s not a holiday and people will be at work there isn’t quite the same craziness as occurs in the States.
    I have to admit that I don’t really get it – Thanksgiving is supposed to be the biggest family gathering of the whole year for Americans and yet, so many now leave their families to line up for hours and hours so they can spend money – supposedly on their families – why not just spend time with them and create great memories?
    I have a few gifts to buy for Christmas but I’ll take my time and not overspend (my friends & I now prefer either doing something together or give each other consumables) – we all have enough STUFF so Christmas has become much calmer and a pleasant time to spend with friends.

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  15. I’m not much interested in shopping on days when the stores aren’t crowded…too many people in one place is exactly the opposite of where I want to be…the little shopping I do is usually online…besides groceries and small hardware store items…I have everything I want and stitch or hook all my gifts for friends…

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  16. I don’t like the frenzied sales, so I definitely would not like Black Friday! My dad used to work in one of the big famous stores in London, he used to book out part of his annual leave so as to not be at work when the sale was on and He didn’t even work on the shop floor he worked in the one of the back offices
    I like your “Bleak Friday” because that is just what it is! I buy gifts for our grandchildren throughout the year if I see an item each might like. We actually don’t do Christmas, we think birthdays are more important.

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  17. I am with you, I think it’s crazy. I do other things now on that day which mean always being at home, no opening purse and no online shopping. It’s bonkers to spend what you don’t have for things you don’t need. x

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  18. I guess I,m in the minority I don,t get shopping at all!. Just view it as giving my hard earned money to other people!. Would rather give it to me 😀 for things I wan,t to do and early retirement in 2 years. House is paid for 14 years early is better than posh bags or shoes to look at. We all have different things we spend on mine , is travel I adore Athens can be done so frugally with easyjet and family run hotel.. Heating ,I am miserable when cold so I have it on when in,, not overnight but bartered a great deal from Scottish power and they gave free boiler cover and service..
    Just now am biting my tongue Collegues at work have spent their monthly salary on stuff, living on noodles, until 30th but still buying more stuff from catalogues as one said can get it now and pay in 3 months!. Ouch!. Oh they were talking about on night shift about getting an m n s credit card as you can get yummy food free!. for a month. Ye gods I walked away put my home made chicken curry and rice in the microwave as they ordered a Chinese meal at 10.30 pm costing £9.50 each , paid by credit cards☹️
    I do get the you are so lucky going on holiday again and you always have lovely food. I just say no luck involved now. I once tried to explain to to someone yellow sticker and charity shop ethos they thought I was crazy so don,t now!. Maybe I am but my life is on my terms not a banks!..Kirrie xx

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  19. Because of consumerism, there will always be the next new thing. Black Friday is about selling off the old stuff, which half the time you can buy online and save yourself all the trauma. Black Friday is appalling in my view, but I hate all the Christmas ‘buy, buy, buy’ shenanigans. I turn the volume down on the tv when the ads come on. I told my family and friends this year that all birthday and Christmas presents would be donations to charities of their choice. We have everything we need and so do most of our family and friends, so what’s the point! They all seem to be on board with this, thank goodness. Certainly takes the strain off at this time of year and people and animals in need get help, win, win in my view.

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  20. I will be shopping, but for only one thing, it’s for a Christmas gift for my daughter and I know it will be on a Black Friday deal, i missed it when it was on offer a few weeks ago. For myself I won’t be buying anything for the sake of it

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  21. Should have said, i won’t be going anywhere near any shops to get my one item, i will do it online, I can’t imagine needing anything so much as to fight crowds of people in shops! I avoid sales in general anyway, as you say it’s usually things that didn’t sell in the first place or specially bought in items.

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  22. Have never shopped on Black Friday. I start either on vacation in summer or during September when the “back to school” sales are over and stuff is marked down then. Have a big extended family but have cut way back over the years. ONCE my daughter went out and stood in line on Black Friday because she really wanted to give her daughter a certain gift. Daughter never was overly impressed with it, but at least she got it cheaply! I think we sold it at a yard sale for about as much as she paid for it, years later. My granddaughter went through the period of loving brand names and going out Thanksgiving evening at midnight but she was just into that at that age. She has since discovered estate sales and second hand stores. She still spends too much but it’s less than she was spending and she’s getting it under control. I will not go into stores for the entire Thanksgiving weekend, except for grocery shopping. I have already bought much of what I will buy. I have one sewing project I want to do. I bought things during vacation and since September. If anyone asks for my wish list, I try to think of something I really could use. This year there were 3 things on it–a measuring cup, a new CD I would like, and socks. If pressed, I always say socks or underwear, which we know we will use eventually if not immediately. I still have jam left from last Christmas which hasn’t been opened yet. I have a few open ones also. It’s lovely jam, too, just that we got several jars of it. For older people, I stick with consumables. Younger ones like them too, if you choose the right ones!

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  23. Hi
    I live in Western Australia and I have never heard of Black Friday. It used to be Friday the 13th was Black Friday, nothing to do with shopping. Can someone enlighten me?

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    • All I can say is well done take a bow. Tip always ask a local business for a discount or a price match even against sale prices any time of year you would be surprised at what they will do for your custom and you will make friends with them .works with vets too.

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  24. Hi Froogs

    I’m going to do my annual clearout on Black Friday. Because I have everything that I need and probably more. I will then go climbing in the evening because that is where I get to see my friends and do something that I love without really having to spend any extra money. Thanks for a great read again
    Poppygoeswild.blogspot.com

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    • Hi Ive, just checked out your blog. Love it. I had no idea lush did solid shampoo and conditioner. I will check it out. Beautiful blog. Will be following All the best Jill

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      • Yes lush do deodorant, conditioner and shampoo in blocks. £5 ish each for tiny amount. Beware it does melt ,I work in a hospital £15 worth melted in to the bottom of my bag in a soggy waxy mess!.

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  25. No Black Friday shopping for me, I don’t like the crowds. And I don’t need anything they are offering. My Mom wants some flannel pajama pants for Christmas. I found a pattern at the thrift store for them for 10¢, so I will be making her some rather than paying the high prices at the stores.

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  26. Here in New Zealand “Black Friday” still pretty much means it’s Friday the 13th. A little of the computer and such-like sale on the Monday has crept in but not much ……..so far!

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