This month’s full Moon, known as the full Beaver Moon, arrives on Black Friday, November 23rd at 12:39 a.m. (EST). That means you’ll be hitting those doorbuster sales by the light of a Black Friday Full Moon. But does it also mean shopping on this somewhat crazy day will be even crazier?
If you follow our Facebook page you know we often post about the widely held belief that full Moons can make people a little crazy, an idea that dates back centuries. Even the word “lunatic,” and its relatives “loon” and “loony” derive from the Latin word “luna,” meaning “Moon.” While science has bunked any relationship between human behavior and full Moons, others swear it’s true, especially those who work in the healthcare field or with the public.
A Black Friday Full Moon – Will Chaos Ensue?
Because Black Friday has been associated with chaos (who hasn’t seen footage of frenzied fistfights breaking out over bargain flat-screen TVs?), you may wonder —is shopping on Black Friday during a full Moon something to be worried about?
In a nutshell, no. Well, not any more than usual, being in a crowded, busy location. You should be more concerned about overspending—Black Friday shopping, say money pros, contributes to many households plunging deep into holiday debt.
In fact, when it comes to those Black Friday “bargains,” buyers beware. Consider this:
- Many retailers offer the same deals online as they do in-store, so you can shop from the comfort of your living room.
- Most of the deals are usually available on outdated products. Old inventory is being moved quickly to make room for new.
- According to NerdWallet, an analysis of 27 Black Friday advertisements showed that 25 retailers listed at least one product for the exact same price one year as in their previous year’s Black Friday ad. That means 93% of retailers are repeating Black Friday products—and prices—from year to year.
- Retailers often advertise “one-off” models with limited features, created specifically for Black Friday shopping, and use misleading original prices to trick consumers into thinking they’re getting a better deal than they actually are.
If you do head out to shop on Black Friday—full Moon or no—these strategies can help you keep your cool in the event you have any unpleasant run-ins with frazzled bargain-hungry shoppers:
Black Friday Shopping Tips
- Get plenty of rest. If you’re tired and cranky that means tempers are more apt to flare. Take a nap before trying to do any midnight shopping.
- Listen to soothing music. Skip the loud music in the car ride to the mall which can set your nerves on edge.
- Eat and hydrate. If you’re hungry and thirsty, you’re also more likely to get cranky. Have a snack handy (turkey sandwich anyone?) or hit the food court before you tackle the crowds and long checkout lines.
Most importantly, try to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends without feeling the pressure to shop the next day, and enjoy the beauty of the Black Friday Full Moon and all its splendor, even if it’s merely lighting up the parking lot at the mall.
Will you stay away from stores now that you know there’s a Black Friday full Moon? Tell us in the comments below.