Don't let pre-Black Friday deal hunting and thoughts of credit card bills cloud one of the most important meals of the year for you and your family. Take full enjoyment in cooking and eating your special dishes, knowing that you'll have the whole next day to relax and digest.
Some say sleep is for the weak, but on Black Friday, sleep is for the strong. Stay strong and know that by skipping the stores you are doing yourself a favor. As the number of work holidays dwindles in the USA, use this day to the fullest: Sleep in, eat well and love and be loved by your family. Don't buy into the hype.
It's not just crowded inside the store. The parking lots on Black Friday can be murder, especially when everybody is panicked and stressed to begin with. A fender bender could cost you way more than you think your saving on that flat screen TV.
Over the years people have been stabbed, kicked, stun-gunned and even dragged from the back of cars. Don't let the holidays bring out the worst in you. Focus on good times with the family by staying home.
In 2014, Psychological Sciencepublished research that suggests that "there's actually something intrinsically unpleasant about anticipating the purchase of a material good, which may in fact be putting shoppers on edge."
You can skip this unpleasant feeling altogether by skipping Black Friday. Don't let material goods mess with your spiritual balance.
In case you've been living under a rock, there's this thing called the Internet. Why leave the comfort of your home when you can hunt for bargains online? The deals are just as good and you can always compare prices and set up alerts in case what you have your eyes on comes down in price.
There are plenty of other sales you can take advantage of during the holiday season, not just Black Friday. In fact, many of the same retailers that advertise Black Friday sales keep their prices low throughout the first week of December. Why rush out the door at 5am while your stomach's still full of pumpkin pie?
Professor Oren Etzioni is a world renowned data miner who sold his airline ticket price predictor Farecast to Microsoft for $115 million.
When looking at Black Friday sales, Etzioni discovered that the lowest prices for most products are found at other times of the year. In fact, his research shows that most electronics are cheaper in early December than on Black Friday.
"The bottom line is, Black Friday is for the retailers to go from the red into the black," he said. "It's not really for people to get great deals on the most popular products."
Many employers force low wage workers to skip Thanksgiving altogether in the name of profits. Don't be part of the problem. Be part of a culture that respects everybody's right to enjoy the holidays at home with their loved ones.
Don't think the stores are trying to do you a favor. The doorbuster deals go fast and are merely part of a plan to part you from your money. Besides the big sales, everything else in the store can be found days later at the same price.