Can you believe it’s November already? How did that happen? I haven’t started shopping or even made a list for Christmas! I have been searching for some great gift ideas though, and I’m really excited to share them with you. (stay tuned for one idea this afternoon!)
My husband and I both really enjoy the holiday shopping season, and we go out of our way to make sure we go shopping at least once in the hustle and bustle during late December. Something about the music, the decorations, and the spirit of giving always makes me smile.
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There are certain times I will avoid shopping though. December 24th is a day I avoid shopping, it’s too close to the holiday, and people are too rushed.
I don’t do Black Friday. Often the “deals” offered are things that aren’t on my list. The media reports of people being killed or injured don’t make me want to get up on a cold November morning at 5am either. I prefer to sleep in, eat leftovers, and relax.
In years past I would have started earlier, buying things when I found them on sale, or ordering early to ensure we got something special. Buying gifts ahead of time cost us more since inevitably the kid’s Christmas list included nothing that was tucked away for them. I’m also finding more and more that the kids don’t play with 90% of what we buy, so this year we are ot only sticking to a budget, we’ll be choosing gifts we know the kids will use.
I don’t really understand the obsession with sales around holidays. Shopping is fun, and something I enjoy, but crowds of people fighting over marked up and then reduced stuff? Not so much.
If I find some great deals I still like to share them with you. Here’s my most current Black Friday information in case you are heading out into the fray.
It seems a lot of the leaked Black Friday ads have products that are cheaply produced for rock bottom prices. While the rock bottom price is appealing, I’m doubtful that a $3 toaster will work well, and last for a long time. Spending money on quality to save in the long run is worth it, in most cases.
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What are your plans? Do you already have some gifts stashed away? Do you do Black Friday?