How to Save Money on Black Friday 2015 — in 10 GIFs

As Black Friday approaches, you’re probably wondering how to maximize your savings – without camping outside Best Buy for three days or getting into a shoving match with a soccer mom, of course.

But the key to saving more than anyone else on Black Friday is simple: Stay home. Buying stuff you don’t really need just because it’s on sale is not called “saving money” — that’s called spending money.

If you need a little help fighting off the frenzy, here are 10 free things to do on Black Friday that will truly save you some money and help you you avoid the crowds altogether.

Sleep in.

Your friends are setting their alarm clocks for 2:00 a.m. so they can sleepwalk into the pre-dawn doorbuster sales, but who cares? Turn that sucker off altogether and nurse your turkey hangover.

Go to work.

With nobody else at the office, you might actually get some work done for a change, and at least you’ll be making money. Be your office hero.

Gorge on Thanksgiving leftovers.

No one is home. Now’s your chance.

Watch Black Friday mayhem on the news.

Why risk being trampled by a sale-hungry mob? Watch the highlights on TV — it’s better than being there in person. Trust me.

Binge watch TV.

Twenty-four episodes in most TV series’ seasons, 24 hours in a day… coincidence? Settle in with a new or favorite show. It’s amazing and you know it.

Work off those holiday calories.

Losing pounds is better than losing money, so if you must…

Decorate for the holidays.

Back before holiday shopping ads began to bleed into early November and then even October, the day after Thanksgiving marked the official start of the Christmas season. You have all day – might as well get the house looking festive if you haven’t yet.

Enjoy some peace and quiet.

Ignore the chaos outside, and get yourself in the zone.

Declutter your home.

Do the opposite of what everyone else is doing and actually get rid of some stuff. Check out our tips for decluttering here.

Relish in the fact that you spent zero dollars today.

…and laugh at the fact that someone you know waited three hours to save $20 on a flat-screen TV.

Are you planning to shop this Black Friday? If not, what are you doing instead?

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