We all know about Black Friday, right?
You get out of bed at an unimaginable hour, drag yourself to a public venue, wait in line in the freezing cold, then run between departments ripping products Made in China out of other people’s sweaty hands, all to save a couple of bucks. Sounds fun to me?
I know some people who have gotten some amazing deals on electronics and brand name clothing, and have saved hundreds of dollars while crossing off their entire Christmas lists — kudos for that hard work! And, I have got to say that my sister and cousin have become professionals in this area — they scout out the stores a few days in advance and make a game plan so they get all of the stuff that’s most important to them. That’s smart shopping. If you’re going to participate in Black Friday, that is the way to do it, and I wish you well. However, it’s just a bit too much stress with not enough pay off for me personally.
If it’s not really your thing, either, then you can join me on Small Business Saturday — the following day. On this day we’ll keep our money in the local economy by purchasing from independent shops in our area. It’s much less stress, and your purchases will be more unique. I guess I’d rather have my time and my sanity than a surplus of money, call me crazy.
See you in the Old Port?
P.s. If you’re in Portland, you should take the horse drawn carriage into the Old Port from Monument Square. That’s my idea of holiday shopping!
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