Black Friday? What’s all the fuss about?

We The Pvblic

You see more and more articles pop up online. You watch banners materializing on the streets, blinding you with neon lights. You sigh when YouTube ads all become related to the topic. Finally, you can feel it in your bones. It is time. BLK FREI-DAY.

Why “FREI”? Well, you are frei (“free” in German) to do whatever you please with your money. Sure, one option is to keep it to yourself – very admirable if you are saving for a new house or a pony, for which you probably won’t get a discount anywhere anyway. Another option is to spend it all – very admirable if you are supporting charities. One of the best ways to go through the Black Friday weekend or week (yeah, it’s no longer just one day) is to spend money and save money at the same time – admirable if we’re trying to be realistic. You’re free to do anything at the end of November – as long as it is related to money.

More and more people think about money at that time of year – and it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Just look at that infographic by Black Friday Global:

Out of nine countries listed as the most frugal in the world by Wisebread, four – China, India, Germany, and France – are shown in the picture above. Does this mean that they have figured out a way to save & spend? We don’t know. Maybe. If that is the case, then Filipinos are on their way to glory!

If you belong to the 27% margin that doesn’t know what Black Friday is, Google it. There is no time to explain. If you plan to become a member of the group twice the size (54.9%) that will participate in the event, brace yourself. Be prepared and spend only on things that will be of any use to you. If you don’t want to be part of it, well, you’ll get your pony soon enough. Carry on.

Ok, enough with the lame pony jokes. You see, the Internet is pretty chaotic once you actually try to find something – especially during the fussy Black Friday holiday. That might be a deal breaker because you hate the confusion. Sure, you have those rebate aggregators that help you compare the features of Zalora app 15% off discount with Lazada 15% off promo codes, but it’s still all a commotion. And it’s OK. Try to have fun with it, getting lost in that sweet buy-more-for-less maze, but emerging victoriously with one red T-shirt that says “I heart crabs”, which cost less than a Snickers bar. It’s OK. You don’t have to buy everything you need.

We can all agree that the Black Friday fuss is about stores trying to get those numbers as high as possible (even if they sell high value items for less) and shoppers trying to get some peace of mind (collecting all gifts and best bargains before Christmas). You get two fusses for the price of one.

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