You’ve survived the cold wait in line, where you’ve hopefully been brave enough to bond with a new friend over your shared dedication to Black Friday deals.
You literally bust your way through the door in pursuit of said savings — immediately leaving your unsuspecting new friend behind in the dust, because… deals.
In front of you lies a cornucopia of things, the happiness of your children and approval of your coworkers displayed in pristine boxes on rows upon rows of metal shelves.
Dangling above each piece of holiday shopping splendor is the siren call of American retail: the SALE sign.
You have to have it, right? What a deal!
You couldn’t possibly find prices like this again. And you spent all that time chatting up what’s-her-face outside in the cold — you deserve a treat.
Stop — Don’t Buy That Yet!
Before you do something you know you’ll regret, take a moment to really consider it.
Breathe deeply, double-check your list — and get out of the aisle before what’s-her-face clips you with her shopping cart in her sprint to Housewares.
Now ask yourself these questions.
NOW You’re Ready to Buy
Congratulations, Black Friday Warrior. You’ve survived the test of will. Go forth, and find more great deals.
Rejoice when you return home with your spoils — and with the newfound strength to survive the remaining challenges you’re sure to encounter this holiday season.
Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Writer’s Digest and more. She’ll probably spend Black Friday working on an elusive essay and eating ALL the leftover green bean casserole.