Black Friday: Do We Really Need A Reason to Be More Materialistic?

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Ah… Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving that the world seems to go mental for. And they’re not wrong – if you’re on the hunt for a bargain, Black Friday’s the day you’ll find one. It doesn’t necessarily harm anyone, but it’s a day I’ve grown to resent and almost dread as the years have gone on. Am I wrong or alone in thinking this?

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It’s a day constructed purely for consumerism. “Hey, c’mere and buy this thing you didn’t know you needed because HERE’S A DISCOUNT.” It’s a mentality that people seem to lose their minds over, and for what? Another material possession that may not benefit their lives at all. For the majority, it’s completely thoughtless. Many don’t seem to see beyond the money they save on their purchase and forget that they would’ve saved more had they not bought it at all.

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Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate Black Friday. I think it’s silly and OTT, sure. That’s evident enough. But I fully believe that if someone truly wants and can justify paying for something, they’ll buy it at any time, discount or not, Black Friday or not. Right? Maybe the discounts are what people wait for all year in order to afford it, and that’s totally cool too. When it’s something that’s well thought out as opposed to a random splurge just because, then I’m all for it.

I’m not saying that everyone should go off the rails and boycott Black Friday entirely. But being a little more conscious about what we purchase can be nothing but a good thing. We could be so much smarter and strategic about it. Use it to buy Christmas gifts or something you’ve been pining over that you just couldn’t justify before. But making mindless purchases of things you don’t care about because judgement was clouded but a discount (meager or not) is silly. It’s not a reason to buy something, and it’s not a reason to contribute to the endless consumerism that seems to dominate the planet.

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The world would be a better place if everyone was a little more minimalist and a lot less materialistic. Something worth learning is that objects don’t really bring happiness, even if bought for a cheaper price. I look back on my life so far and at times cringe at the money I’ve spent on material goods. I fully believed that I’d be happier upon owning them. How wrong was I? I’ve since learned to be more mindful, and try to only invest in things that I know I’ll truly enjoy/need. Sometimes, less is more, and it’s definitely the case here!

I’d love to know your thoughts on Black Friday? If you love a good sale, go you! If you detest the essence of it, that’s cool too. Let’s chat about it in the comments, I want lots of insight! Until next time…

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