Black Friday. Consumerism at its best. Or worst. It really depends on whether you’re someone who’s prepared to camp out in front of Wal-Mart overnight in the cold in the hopes of “saving money” or if you value sleep, comfort, warmth and your sanity.
We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia. We’re the “lucky country”. We’re thankful everyday. Instead of stuffing a turkey on Thanksgiving day, we stuff ourselves on Christmas day with a barbie – no, not the toy with the unrealistic physical proportions, I mean a barbecue. Instead of Black Friday, we have “Boxing Day Sales”.
For the past week, I have seen segments on American news and talk shows such as Today, The View (don’t judge me!) and The Ellen DeGeneres Show talk about Thanksgiving and about shopping for bargains on Black Friday. Not surprisingly, advice from some money management experts have been to stay home and shop online or to wait for another day.