Friday, November 29, 2013
Black Friday? Cyber Monday?
This Holiday in the states marks the end of November... and the fact that we're getting closer to Christmas... and over time Christmas has change a lot, here and everywhere... it is now all about giving the most expensive gift!!! The biggest one!!! at all cost... Therefore, the timing of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are excellent!!!! People are festive... they are off from work... they most likely have just seen all their loved ones... or feel guilty for not having done so... therefore, what better timing to use people emotions to spend more than they would or should... and the amazing deals in the store makes it so that you can buy even MORE for the same price!!! Who doesn't win from that???
Well I can tell you... not the stores... not the big millionaires selling us all that stuff that we "need"... They are home, or more likely on an expensive Holiday enjoying your cash with their loved ones!!!
But those people, that you can see here do not win from the Black Friday event! At the time I am writing this, there has been 4 deaths and 74 injuries on Black Friday events in the USA... the link above is actually a site where you can track death count for Black Friday.... HOW CRAZY IS THAT??? I bet the kids and family of those 4 dead people would have chosen their presence over their gifts... but now it's too late for that...
Did you know that on average, an adult will spend 768$ on gifts for the holiday season??? Only on gifts... no other expenses link to the season... like outfits, fancy dresses, shoes, food, restaurants, alcohol... Did you know that most people can't afford to spend that much and that they spend the rest of the year paying it on their credit cards?
Have you ever looked at the trash bins the few days after Christmas??? It makes me sick.... all that stuff that we no longer want because we got newer stuff... all that stuff that could be useful to someone else... all that packaging being thrown away because we just don't have the time to recycle it...
Did you know that on average, we'll spend 15 hours, alone, shopping for those gifts to show people we love them?? Why not spend time with them instead of going shopping???
Do you realise that all the resources used to manufacture the stuff you spend the money and time you do not have to please people you no longer have time to spend with are LIMITED!!! Just like your time and money...
Enough said... I know I am not perfect... I am not at the point I would like to be... but I am trying... and maybe you are too! But some are not... and they need to get this message... This as become ridiculous!!!
This year, my husband and I made a budget for Christmas shopping accounting for people we want to give presents too and according to our budget! first time ever that all our shopping will be paid cash!!! No credit card... no line of credits... of course, we'll have to cut down on money spend on each person... afterall I am out of a job... and I will have time to make homemade stuff to go with the gift... I think it will show that I care more than just buying something... I also came up with a list and I will refrain for falling into the last minute guilt of "I did not spend enough for that person"... once the $ are gone there is no more... period!
What is you plan???