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How to Recover Your Savings After Black Friday and Cyber Monday

This time of year is so contradictory. Everything is starting to feel magical and exciting because we’re in the holiday season, but the Thanksgiving weekend is always so exhausting. There are multiple reasons for feeling distraught and fatigued: one reason is because of all the eating, cooking, and cleaning up from Thanksgiving.

Then there’s the emotional fatigue of spending money on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you blew most of your savings due to the corporate traps of “good deals” and “sale, sale, sale,” you’re not alone. Most Americans do most of their Christmas shopping over Thanksgiving weekend, so a lot of things are being bought, and a lot of money is being spent.

If you need to replenish your savings, however much you had, here are some tips to get you started:

Control late-night fast-food cravings

If you’re hanging out late at night, bored at home, most people get a hankering for some salty fries. And the television totally knows it’s audience. Watch television at night and you’ll see all the commercials for Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, etc. And that’s when the fake food looks soooo good. But don’t fall for it. Remember you’re in your pj’s and looking for a spot when you get back home will be a bitch. All the signs are pointing at you going to bed. Listen to them. Your body and wallet will thank you.

Carry cash and don’t use your debit card

Debit cards are so dangerous! It’s so easy to ignore how much money you do(nt) have because you can’t physically see it. Plus swiping that thing, well actually inserting because of the damn chip, is pretty satisfying. If you carry some cash you’ll know exactly how much you’ve spent and how much more you actually can (even if you shouldn’t). Stay away from the plastic!

Pretend you’re in college

Unless you grew up rich, you’re poor in college. No ifs, ands, or buts. Pretend to be in college where you can’t afford to splurge or buy even the basic necessities. Live on ramen for a week; it didn’t kill you then, it won’t kill you now. Living like you’re in college will also make you feel better about being poor because you can pretend everyone around you is in the same situation.

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