News stations and newspapers have segments on how to get the best deals on Black Friday, Shop Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, which makes shopping this weekend seem like something you have to do. It isn’t.
Invite friends over for soup and bread or even for a cup of coffee. Go to a museum. Take a walk on a local trail.
I know, I know – Deals! Bargains! Even if you are exchanging gifts with family, you don’t have to shop this weekend. Stores and websites will continue offering deals throughout December. Unless you really love elbowing your way through the crowds, enjoy some peaceful activities instead.
When my husband drops today’s newspapers on the table, there is an audible thud. It’s not that the papers are so full of news but chockfull of advertisements for this weekend. However, if an item wasn’t on sale, would you purchase it at its full price? If not, why will you buy it on sale? Is it truly a financial concern, and, if so, is incurring the debt a worthwhile decision?
If you are gathered with family, can you make plans for this weekend’s activities that don’t involve bouncing from store-to-store?
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.