Watch Out For The Black Friday Money Trap

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Black Friday is only 1 week away! Fortunately, Steve Siebold who you may remember from his previous guest post Overcoming Approval Addiction for Moms, is back to share useful tips so we don’t get lost in the holiday shopping frenzy and make smart choices!

Don’t be afraid to get down on the dirty floor of a mall to explain to children why they can’t have something!

 

How Rich People Think Author Steve Siebold Offers Tips To Consumers

If you think you’re in for some great deals this Black Friday, think again says Steve Siebold, author of the book How Rich People Think.  While most stores advertise huge savings on hot ticket items, most people fail to recognize the “Black Friday Money Trap” they are stepping into.  Just how bad is it?  Siebold says last year, American’s spent a whopping $45 Billion in stores and on the web the day after Thanksgiving.

“Middle Class America is notorious for living beyond their means, especially on Black Friday,” says Siebold.  “They are brainwashed about how much money they are supposedly saving on Black Friday, and they end up buying way more than they would on any other day during the year.”

The problem, Siebold says, is Black Friday leads many people to financial devastation.

“In 2010, the census bureau reported that total credit card debt in the United States was $886 billion.  On Black Friday, either the consumer racks up even more credit card debt than they already have, or they pay cash but spend so much that they don’t have enough left to pay their mortgage, car payments and other essentials,” he says.

Here are some tips from Siebold to stay mentally tough this Black Friday and not break the bank:

  • Ask yourself if you would rather have the short-term satisfaction of expensive material possessions, or the long-term results of financial freedom and abundance?  
  • Don’t fall for marketing campaigns that make you feel as if you’re getting a great deal when you’re really not (i.e. buy it today – pay for it tomorrow)
  • Allocate a certain amount of money for each person you plan on buying gifts for and don’t overspend by even a dollar.
  • Don’t even think of using a credit card unless you are 100% sure you can comfortably pay it off at the end of the month.
  • Don’t get caught up in the moment.  If your shopping cart is overflowing, step back, regroup and make sure you can really afford everything you plan to purchase.  
  • Kids learn by example.  Even parents who have failed to reach their financial dreams can still teach their kids important lessons about money during the holiday season.
  • There’s no shame in telling people that this year will be a lean holiday season when it comes to exchanging gifts.
  • There are good deals to be had on Black Friday, but be mentally tough to know when enough is enough.

 

“When it comes to money on Black Friday, put your emotions on the shelf and let reason be your guide,” Siebold says.

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