It’s upon us. The US Thanksgiving followed by Black Friday/Cyber Monday.
The sales ideology has slowly spread into Canada. More and more stores are offering deals on many things from clothing to electronics in order to compete with our southern cousins. It really is the first (or last) big push to drive sales before Christmas. Door crashers and limited time offers for this weekend only.
I admit to being involved in this as well. However, the one or two items I researched or desired did not truly grab hold of my attention, let alone my money. Simply because of two things that I decided to process prior to tomorrow taking hold.
- Do I really need it?
- Is it worth going into debt for it?
After answering both those questions with a NO, it occurred to me that the hype was pulling me in too much. I don’t need stuff to make me or my family happy. If we don’t get something that isn’t a necessity we will survive just fine. Even if an item is a good deal, does putting it on credit or dipping into my over draft really going to save me any more money?
I’m not telling you how to spend or save your money. If you’re like me and have a family, sometimes the pressure of supplying a fantastic Christmas or birthday can stress you out. But it’s not all about how much you spend or how much you receive. It’s about sharing joy. Joy that can come from a simple hand made item and a hug. Joy that you see in the eyes of the ones whom you love. Joy is what you make it out to be.
So remember if you partake in Black Friday deals, you are helping to boost the economy. You are probably also saving money on those electionics and toys. And whomever is on the receiving end of the gifts will probably be grateful in some way. Just do your best to remain calm and kind to everyone else out there this weekend.