Do You Even Need to Leave the House on Black Friday?

by Miranda Marquit · 0 comments

I’ve never been a big fan of Black Friday (or shopping in general). And I’m not too thrilled about what many are referring to as Gray Thanksgiving — since so many stores are now offering deals if you’ll show up as early as 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. It all seems to much for me, and I don’t like going out and fighting the crowds. You pretty much have to put together a Black Friday survival plan if you expect to do well.

Plus, I don’t think Black Friday has much to do with frugality to begin with. Rather than seeing it as a frugal way to get shopping done, it looks more like consumerism.

But that’s just me. I know that there are many people who love the thrill of the chase, and who even enjoy the camaraderie that can develop as you stand in line waiting for a store to open.

For the rest of us, though, the good news is that there is no need to even leave the house on Black Friday. There’s a good chance that you can accomplish all that you need to at home.

Online Shopping for Black Friday

It used to be that there was Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Now, though, there really isn’t much of a need to differentiate between the two. Everyone offers online deals. And it’s not so much that Black Friday is a single-day event anymore. The days leading up to Black Friday are all part of the hype, with previews, and pre-sales, and more. And you can get almost everything you might one online.

I prefer online shopping to in-store shopping for most things anyway. You can find really good deals, and you don’t have to leave the house. It’s hard for me to get excited about heading out in the cold to be jostled by the crowds. Instead, I’d rather stay cozy at home, with a mug of hot chocolate and an Internet connection.

In many cases, it’s fairly easy to find free shipping on time of finding good deals. A number of retailers will ship for free if you meet minimum requirements, and there are those that waive shipping fees during the holiday season. There are also many promo codes that offer free shipping this time of year.

With technology making it so easy to find what you want online, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to leave the house on Black Friday.

Plan Your Online Holiday Shopping

Don’t forget that you need to plan your shopping even if you are doing it online. Chances are that you won’t be able to get everything you want at a single online retailer. You’ll want to do a little comparison shopping to make sure that you get the best deal, and you should make a list of retailers that offer free or discounted shipping. Look at online shopping as something that requires planning, even though you aren’t moving from one brick and mortar store to another. With the right approach, it’s pretty easy to get all of your holiday shopping online, from the comfort of your cash.

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