Putting my credit cards on ice is good, but I've got better answers

Putting my credit cards on ice is good, but I’ve got better answers

ADHD means never having to say “I thought it through carefully.” In fact, having ADHD means that you probably have a basement, several closets, and a garage full of things that were purchased without the burden of thought.

Black Friday is an ADHD storm of complex construction. Take one part mob mentality, one part impulse buying, and one part credit abuse, mix thoroughly in a mall or big box store after extracting executive function and removing pesky time management & perception skills.

Don’t forget your jacket

Are you really going out in that kind of weather? I mean, maybe we need to take a closer look at what we’re talking about here. You are a person with ADHD. This means you may well have issues with being impulsive. That’s the quality they’re looking for in a Black Friday customer. You should write that on a post-it note and put it in your wallet.

You may also be out there without a list. Why? You either didn’t make it, or you misplaced it. Is that it in the pile by the front door? And remember, a list is only a good idea if you stick to it.

Accept no substitutes

And don’t substitute something bigger or better for an item on your list if you can’t find what you were looking for. It isn’t December 24th. You’ve still got time to solve problems.

” … they won’t help as much as you think, and something better will come along in ten … nine … eight … seven … “

Another important point, don’t get sidetracked by your own agenda, you know, the desire to buy things for yourself. I know, they’re selling the latest digital whack-a-mole and newest mp57 player and you could do so much with your life if you just had them to help you organize. But trust me on two points here, they won’t help as much as you think, and something better will come along in ten … nine … eight … seven …

Another thing you need to remember is that finding something that’s perfect for someone who isn’t on your list isn’t a sign that you should buy that thing. If finding the perfect gift for someone makes you want to give a gift, tell someone who should be buying that person a gift all about it. There, you’ve done something giving. And it didn’t cost you.

That’s it …

So I hope this helps. I’m going to list these things at the bottom here in a handy point form so you can cut and past them to your credit card. This works best if you glue the list right over the magnetic strip. It won’t stop the embedded chip from helping you lose your money, but it might remind you of your plan before you make a big mistake.

  1. Remember you’re impulsive
  2. Make a list
  3. Don’t substitute for items on your list
  4. Don’t buy things for yourself
  5. Stick to the list
I think I'll spend Black Friday here instaed of in a big box store

I think I’ll spend Black Friday here instaed of in a big box store

If I could tell you one more thing, it would be to let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return. That way you’ve created an expectation for yourself, that may help.

You don’t have to follow these rules, but if you choose not to, don’t be surprised when your friends hold an impulse buying intervention.

… and be safe out there, people.



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    Last reviewed: 23 Nov 2012

APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2012). 5 Rules For ADHD Black Friday Shopping. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 1, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd-man/2012/11/5-rules-for-adhd-black-friday-shopping/


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