There are some absolute bargains to be had this Black Friday, or so it seems. With the festive season on the horizon who wouldn’t want to take advantage of the Black Friday sales! You’d be crazy not to.
Keep in mind that Black Friday is actually a retail event that’s designed to increase your spending, rather than your savings. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you navigate the sales to your personal advantage. Here’s your guide to coming out of the Black Friday sales with no regrets.
Make a List
To ensure you don’t accumulate stuff that will only end up in landfill, before you start, make sure you’ve made a list of what it is you’re after. Whether it’s gifts for the festive season, or a new outfit for the summer months, make sure you stick to your list. Failing to do so can cause enormous damage to your bank balance and even more to the planet. If your “bargain” buys turn out to be something less desirable, and they end up in landfill, it ends up costing everyone, not just you.
Once you’ve made your list there are two questions to ask yourself before committing to it, especially for those spends that are for your personal use.
Question 1: Do I really need it? (How many of these do you already own and how often are you going to use it or wear it?)
Question 2: How long will this last?
Set Your Limit
Even the biggest bank accounts have a limit. To make sure you don’t get yourself into financial debt, have a good hard look at your bank account and set yourself a limit. Credit has changed from being seen as the Goddess of Eternal Happiness to the Goddess of Eternal Debt. It’s no longer cool. Save yourself a ton of grief by setting yourself a limit. And stick to it.
As you peruse those bargains, you’ll want to make sure that you’re not contributing to junking our planet by buying unneccessary stuff that ends up in landfill. Consider if the stuff you’re buying has been made in a sustainable and ethical way. Oxfam has released a report on Australian fashion brands and how they’re doing in the ethical/fair pay stakes. Here’s how they ranked.
Best & Less
Fair pay doesn’t neccessarily mean sustainable production, but many small independent fashion retailers like Arnsdorf, A.BCH and Citizen Wolf are doing both. There’s a growing list of labels like these that are mindful of their footprint on the environment. To find more, a good place to start looking is Ethical Clothing Australia.
Look for Alternatives
If it’s jeans you’re after you don’t have to buy them, you can now lease them. You read it correctly. Lease instead of buy. Ethical Dutch clothing company Mud Jeans, which has the highest sustainability ranking available, offers a repair and rental service where you can lease the jeans for a year!
Dye them Black
This Black Friday, brilliant Aussie brand Citizen Wolf is offering you the option of “Black Fridye” to help save the planet by extending the life of the clothes you already have. Their easy 3 step system goes like this:
- Send them your Clothes
That means any item of any brand you own that could use a refresh!
- Citizen Wolf will dye them black for a low $15, saving your time, mess (have you ever tried to dye your own?) and money.
- Your Clothes last longer!
Your clothes are returned to you looking refreshed and you’ll be able to keep wearing them for longer.
Vintage outlets are also participating in the Black Friday sales, advocating that the best buys in fashion are the clothing that’s already been made. When you invest in recycled and up-cycled clothing, you’re extending the garment’s life by more than two years and help keep it out of landfill. Hemp and organic cotton are good buys because these fabrics are carefully produced and fully biodegradable.
Sell Your Items Back
This year Ikea is making climate change front and centre of its Black Friday sales. Their “Buy Back Friday” sale aims to recycle IKEA furniture a second, third or fourth time. They’re inviting you to:
“Sell us something you don’t need. We’ll find someone who needs it.”
You’ll receive credit to spend on something else that you do need! In return, you’ll earn an IKEA credit to spend on something you need.
Keep these easy pointers in mind and you will be able to care for the planet, your hip pocket and shop a bargain at the same time. And if you remember to buy local and support a small Aussie business, you’re probably doing a whole lot more good than you can ever know.