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The 8 Emotional Stages Of Black Friday Shopping

It's just one big roller coaster.


It's that time of year again...Black Friday. About to head out to the stores? Prepare yourself for the kind of day you're going to have by reading our list of stages we all go through trying to find the perfect deals. When you're overwhelmed, just sit back and check out our range of Christmas films available here on Freeform.

1. Excitement

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The anticipation is real. You know exactly what you want, you know exactly where to go, and you know exactly what Christmas coffee you're going to treat yourself with.

2. Happiness

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You go into the stores and you see all those deals for the very first time. You realize that you're going to save more money than you ever thought possible. It's a Christmas dream come true!

3. Confusion

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But then the confusion hits. There's almost too much choice. You start seeing things that aren't on your list and you wonder if they might be better. How do you make the right decision?

4. Fear

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You're not prepared for these crowds. You encounter other, stronger shoppers than you. They cut in line and somehow manage to take the last of everything you need.

5. Desperation

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It's almost closing time and you still haven't bought presents for half the people on your list. You don't want to miss out on those Black Friday deals so you start thinking that anything will do. Lingerie set for Grandma? Sure, why not? Chewing gum for Mom? She loves having minty fresh breath!

6. Anger

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It wasn't supposed to be like this. You were so prepared. You had everything organized but it's just that fate was against you. And you tried to remain positive - you really did - but when that frazzled old lady barged in front of you and took that last pair of Frozen pajamas, you just totally lost it.

7. Acceptance

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Then the shops close and you realize there's nothing more you can do. You've done your best. Or maybe you could have done better, but you know that that's now impossible and you come to accept your Black Friday purchases.

8. Relief

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Black Friday is over for another year. You arrive home, make yourself a hot chocolate, put on your favorite Christmas film, and finally rest your aching feet. You vow that you'll do your shopping online next year.

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Can you relate to any of these stages? Let us know in the comments!

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