3 Electronics You Shouldn’t Buy on Black Friday

Not All Is Good On Black Friday

Not All Is Good On Black Friday

Black Friday is a veritable treasure trove of sales and deals and it seems like some of the best deals offered every year by retailers and manufacturers alike are for electronics. Everything from laptops and desktop computers to video game consoles has some sort of sale and they can all seem very alluring at first. However, there are some things that shouldn’t be purchased on Black Friday no matter how good the deals seem or no matter how excited you’ve been to purchase that item.

DSLR Cameras

Although not as common as sales on brand name televisions, sales on DSLR cameras are often what pulls a lot of people into an electronics store on Black Friday. Because DSLR cameras are so expensive normally, having a discount of a few hundred dollars on one, or a seemingly attractive package deal (often including a case, additional lenses, or other bonuses) sways many people into buying them. However, this is usually just a ploy by a retailer to get your money and if you want to make a smarter purchase, you’re better off waiting a few more months if you can. At the beginning of the year, the new camera models will roll out and the previous year’s cameras will be considered “old” and will be offered at an extreme discount. This usually happens in February, so if you can wait an extra three months to purchase your DSLR, you’ll save more money in the long run.

Brand Name HDTVs

Be Careful With Those¨Too Good Too Be True¨ Deals

Be Careful With Those¨Too Good Too Be True¨ Deals

Most electronics sales offered on Black Friday are on TVs and you tend to find more “deals” listed in ads for these than anything else. Many people wait until Black Friday to purchase a new TV they’ve had their eye on, but if you’ve been doing that, you’ve been wasting your money! A better time to buy brand name HDTVs is late winter, shortly before the manufacturer ships out the next year of the latest and greatest in television technology. Retailers and manufacturers alike will be looking to get rid of last year’s stock and the deals offered will be incredible, usually even better than the prices they were offering on Black Friday. The biggest names in HDTVs will see their biggest discounts in late December, so wait until then to buy!

Game Consoles

Sometimes Its Best To Wait Until After Xmas

Sometimes Its Best To Wait Until After Xmas

Because they’re so often given as presents for the holidays, deals on game consoles on Black Friday are where retailers make a huge amount of their profit, however, savvy consumers recommend not purchasing a game console on Black Friday unless it’s included in a package deal. Sometimes the manufacturer will bundle the system and a game, like when the Wii came packaged with Super Mario Bros Wii in that really cool looking red box. Occasionally, retailers will offer a console bundled with a game of your choice fitting in a specific price range. This type of bonus makes buying a video game console on everyone’s favorite shopping day worth it, but if it isn’t offered with anything extra it’s best to stay away from the long lines waiting for it since it’s the same deal you’ll get later.

Easy-to-make Baked Veggie Snacks

Baked Veggie Snacks

Baked Veggie Snacks Made A Wonderful Treat

Not everyone likes vegetables, and that’s okay. Too many years of having vegetables shoved in your face can really burn you out of the things, after all. For most people, vegetables are an acquired taste and not everyone can acquire it just like that, so when it comes time to trying to eat healthy, you’re at a loss because the only snacks you like are high in sugar, or fat, or carbs. There are ways to spice up vegetables and make them something that even the pickiest eater might enjoy. You just have to know what to do with them to really get the most out of them.

Baked Kale

Okay, we know. Kale is probably at the very bottom of your list of possible vegetables to try. With that dark green color and its uncanny resemblance to spinach (not many people like that) it’s not something most people want to be adventurous enough to try. It’s worth it, though. Baked kale is an easy and inexpensive way to get not only your daily recommended dose of Vitamins A, C, and K but also the minerals copper, potassium, iron, manganese, and phosphorous. A head of kale makes enough chips for four servings, and with only a tablespoon or two of olive oil and sea salt and parmesan cheese to sprinkle on it for a little extra flavor, so it’s a great option for a healthy snack.

Vegetable Chips

Easy To Make Vegetable Chips

Easy To Make Vegetable Chips

If you love the crunch and flavor of a potato chip but are looking for a healthier option, trying out a few different types of vegetable chips is a great idea for you. Carrots and parsnips make great chip options, as do beets and sweet potatoes. With just a tiny bit of olive oil and some healthy and inventive seasonings, vegetable chips are a great healthy replacement for the high-fat potato chips that are so easily accessible in our society. Any vegetables need to be thinly sliced and the spices need to be added before baking the chips at anywhere from 325-400 degrees (go lower and the chips don’t crisp, higher, and they burn) but aside from these specifications, you can really do whatever you want with seasonings. Sea salt, paprika, chives, black pepper, crushed red pepper and grated parmesan cheese can make great toppings for any vegetable chips.

Zucchini Loaves

Eat Healthy.. Eat Veggies

Eat Healthy.. Eat Veggies

Zucchini or squash loaves can be made as part of a meal or as a snack depending on how much you eat and what you do with them. It’s easier than it looks. Cut the squash or zucchini in half, hollow out a small space in the center and sprinkle anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon of olive oil to taste and sprinkle any seasonings you might want (small amounts of sea salt or garlic salt are always a good choice!) before baking at 350-375 degrees. You’ll end up with a warm accent to a meal or a snack to store for later, but either way the light seasoning is enough to augment the savory taste of the vegetables and give you something to eat that you might not have thought of before.

The Drawbacks of a Long Distance Relationship

Long Distance Relationships Have Some Benefits

Long Distance Relationships Have Some Benefits

If you and your significant other are considering a long distance relationship you’re going to have a lot of people saying that it’s worth it if you love each other. This is a lot of pressure to put on a relationship that may not be built to handle it. There are perks to a long distance relationship, and there are reasons to think that everything’s going to be okay, but are also a lot of downsides. Pretending that there aren’t isn’t going to help anyone, so here we have the major drawbacks to a long distance relationship. Read them over and think about how tough this would be, and then make your decision.

Ample Opportunities to Meet Other People

When you’re dating someone who lives far away you’re both going to have ample opportunities to meet people you’d like to date. You might like your significant other a lot, but they’re not the only person in the entire world you could get along with even a little. You’ll have sparks of attraction with others even if your partner was right there with you. The point is that they’re not. When your partner isn’t there, those sparks could long to become flames and a firestorm. You’re going to be meeting a lot of people and those things could really affect you. And it’s not just you. Your partner is going to be meeting new people too.

Drifting Apart in Interests and Experience

Make Everything You Can To Aviod Drifting Apart

Make Everything You Can To Aviod Drifting Apart

Part of what draws people together is shared experiences. When you and your partner don’t hang out all the time and don’t have the same social circle, you’re going to be making connections with people whom each other don’t know. You’re going to be drifting apart in terms of lived experiences. Your common pool of interests and references will stay the same size while the rest of your experiences increase. It’s going to be tough to keep in sync with each other when you’re hanging out with different people, watching different shows, and in general doing different things.

Having to Plan Your Life Around Moving

When you’re living in a long distance relationship the idea is, generally speaking, that it won’t always be this way. You’re going to finish school or get that promotion at work and then you’re going to move or they’re going to move and you’re going to wind up together someday. This means that you can’t make too long term plans in one area. You might not want to sign that two year lease on the nice apartment because you could be moving out of it by then. It’s hard to live your life thinking that everything is a temporary situation.

Everyone Will Question Your Relationship

Stay Strong

Stay Strong

You have to prepare yourself for the fact that even though everyone might be pushing for you to stay together now, by the time you’re actually in a long term, long distance relationship it will be the opposite. You’ll have people questioning your commitment and wanting to know if you’re jealous or uncomfortable because your significant other is so far away and could be doing who knows what. They’ll say that long distance never works out (it does) and that it’s so hard (it is.) If you’re not the kind of person who can take other people butting into your private life this is the wrong relationship arrangement for you.