Black Friday is On the Prowl: Don’t be Devoured

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Don’t you see the irony of it all?

On Thursday you sit down and spend a day in thanksgiving for everything you have.  (If you don’t feel thankful, you still have time to develop a thankful heart before Thanksgiving).  Thanksgiving ends with a silent prayer thanking God for all he has given.

Friday a.m.  Yawn.  Stretch. Race out of bed.  Get dressed and SHOP TILL YOU DROP.

How can we be Thankful and yet have such an empty need and longing for so much stuff?

John Cavanaugh (in How Much is Enough?) describes how we are:

conditioned to be dissatisfied cravers rather than appreciators of the goods of the earth. 

This, to me, is the irony – to spend one day fully contented and thankful and the next day we rush around acting like we are fighting over the last piece of bread in the country.

8 Tips for a Successful Black Friday:

  1. Please don’t use the word “need”.  You don’t really need a 60 inch HD TV.  Functionally God created us to be able to survive without this electronic gadget.  Try using the more appropriate word “want”.
  2. Decide if you want to go to the zoo because it’s going to be a jungle out there.  I think one year (while I was living in the States) I went to Best Buy, but that crazy experience wasn’t so fun.  It is not a legal requirement to shop on Black Friday.
  3. Leave the credit card at home.  Does a person with $10,000 in credit card debt really need to be buying 10 new iPhones – even if they are on sale?  Here are our credit card guidelines
  4. Research before hand.  Buy a local paper.  Search some of your favorite websites.  I like to shop at Amazon because of the free shipping.  Check out a site that compiles a list of Black Friday ads.  Decide what you want before you go shopping.
  5. Grab your sleeping bag and sleep outside Best Buy.  Take a box of donuts and be sure to get the attention of the TV cameras at 4:00 a.m.  Be prepared with a minimum of four months of Karate lessons (to be able to get out of the store alive).  While in the store, push as many people as possible, but always say, “Excuse me”.  Keep a sandwich in your pocket so you can have lunch while you wait in line OR Shop Amazon.com.
  6. Here’s a tip (from Miranda who writes for Moolanomy) that I love – leave the uninterested at home.  If I don’t want to be there, why should I go?  Believe me, if I don’t want to be there, you don’t want me there either.  If you have kids, only send one parent out at a time (don’t forget to kiss the kids goodbye in case you don’t make it home before bed time). 
  7. Know what you want.  Get what you want. Come home.
  8. Be sure you have life insurance.  Things can get a little crazy in those stores!

Final comment:

As you can tell, I have tried to present you with completely factual and unbiased information.  I feel it is important for writers to remove themselves from the content so as to present only the facts without any additional social commentary or personal opinion.  I hope my neutrality comes shining through.

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