Beware Black Friday & the Holiday Shopping Craze
November 23, 2007
As you go through the checkout line this holiday season try the following experiment. Take all your full shopping bags directly to the Salvation Army. Keep one and give the remainder away. Repeat this every shopping trip. How long would it be before you dramatically decreased the amount you bought or just stopped shopping all together?
Seem a little drastic? Did you realize that many of the things you buy for gifts will eventually end up being thrown away or donated? Of course there are some items that will be used and cherished for years but then there’s the other group of gifts that will just lay around the house for a year or two, then get bagged up and disposed of.
Out With the Old, In With the New
Right now we have three big bags full of stuff sitting in our entry way waiting to be donated. It struck me how ridiculous it was that only a day before Black Friday, we were cleaning out stuff, to make room for more stuff we’ll get over the holidays. We’re actually not participating in the mad shopping dash the day after Thanksgiving since we’re out of town this year. However, had we been at home, I think those three big bags would have kept me at home with my wallet closed.
It seems one of the worst offending items is clothing. We buy more shirts, shoes, pants, belts, and purses even though the ones we have are still comfortable, functional, and probably even still fashionable. We haul bags of old clothes to Salvation Army then empty our wallets to fill their spots with brand new items. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me but it’s in the clothing industry’s best interest to make it seem very sensible to you. Just keep in mind that many of those retail purchases you make in the next month are destined for the donation pile.
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