Black Friday Preparation

Did you know that Black Friday isn’t as popular as it used to be? Americans have figured out that they can find deals anywhere, anytime!

New research shows fewer people plan to shop Black Friday this year. Discounts are more spread out – in stores and online – so buyers can shop at their convenience and avoid the frenzy of the past.

But, if Black Friday’s a tradition for you, then honor the Lord with your time and money.

If you’re married, make a holiday budget together. Decide if you’ll give experiences or gifts. Make your list, check ads and compare prices. Plan your shopping route and have someone watch the children.

Friday morning, dress comfortably, pack coupons, cash, snacks and a water bottle. My wife likes to carry a cross-body bag to keep her hands free and her wallet safely tucked away.

Make note of the early bird sales, and hit your favorite stores first.

Keep your receipts, skip extended warranties, and check return policies. It never hurts to ask if retailers will match competitors’ prices!

Don’t max out your credit cards or do any impulse buying. Remember, on Cyber Monday you can shop in the comfort of your own home.

Here are some other creative gift ideas: buy stock, put money away for college, fund an emergency account or pay off debt.

Whether you shop Black Friday or not, remember that Jesus said, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

To keep your money focused on Christ all year long, start in Crown’s online MoneyLife Personal Finance Study. It’s an in-depth course that will walk you through what the Bible says about every area of your finances. Ask for the study for a gift, or enroll to start your new year off right at crown.org/onlinestudy