I know it's not the healthiest way to de-stress myself, but shopping heals all wounds when it comes to me. Looking through endless racks of clothes and shoes and books, especially thrift shops, just makes my heart flutter like there's no tomorrow so that means the Black Friday is a holiday I definitely look forward to.
Last year, I went through a rough patch around Thanksgiving week so of course I had to do some window shopping (that is my alternative therapy when I'm broke - and I'm broke 80% of the time). I didn't have that much ca$h and I haven't gone shopping in months so I just had to convince my parents to allow me to shop (under a budget of course.) I didn't really know how to do the convincing but then this commercial went on the TV and it showed a kid who tried to convince his parents to buy him something through a PowerPoint presentation; I though hey, why not? So I made one too!
My dad just laughed at me. But that didn't stop me. I talked to him more; I told him how the band merch I wanted to buy were limited edition and all that shebang and after a while, it was another mission accomplished. I was able to purchase them. From that moment on though, I learned to save my money so now I have an Online Shopping Fund Jar which is definitely better than bothering my parents for their credit card numbers.
This is one of my Black Friday stories. How about you? What's your crazy Black Friday story?
- Marian Plaza
P.S. Shopping is definitely one of the best things ever (all their consumerism agenda is definitely working!) but shopping or simply buying the things you really want will feel 101% more worth it if you actually saved for them. Go start your own fund jars A.S.A.P.!