Hello Pear Shapely readers! I hope you had a joyous Thanksgiving filled with good times, food and much merriment. My holiday was fantastic until I developed a serious tooth problem which will be addressed professionally today. Until my 3pm appointment I am just trying to muffle the pain by remaining as comfortable as possible, floating on a cloud of prescription medication and looking at happy pictures of unicorns:
So knowing I am not 100% with it, today is a perfect time for me to provide a small rant about the 2009 Holiday season. Today’s topic of choice, holiday shopping.
If you are reading this posting, you have luckily survived “Black Friday.” Personally, I consider the bedlam of that shopping day for “amateurs” and should be avoided at all costs. If you are a smart consumer, you can get great discounts any time of year, no chaos required. This year the media fueled the frenzy for bargain shopping by providing “helpful tips” on how to best take advantage of the deals. One such tip was to act quickly as supplies were limited which did nothing but trigger the panic button in the masses. It was that kind of advice that led to a slew of retailer mishaps across the nation. Consumerist compiled a list of some of the messier events called “Black Friday Shopping Mayhem” which are brief encapsulation of various shopping stampedes across the nation.
Today is known as the now infamous “Cyber Monday.” Luckily this ridiculousness can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home computer and couch. The great thing about this most holy of shopping days is that at least consumers have the luxury of comparative shopping with relative ease. However, with this fine shopping scenario, you need some tips on how to How to Shop Online Safely and Wisebread can help you with that.
But dear friends, you do not need to get sucked into this abyss at all, seriously. For those who say it is for “the children” it really is not. It is about your need to take part in the annual tradition of consumerism and bolstering the economy. Unless you are shopping for the spawn of the devil, kids are sweet and innocent and will truly appreciate a cute stuffed animal, a fun board game or most importantly, your time.
I’m just trying to talk you down the ledge of Holiday stress, that we all teetered on at one time or another. I recently wrote an article for GoBankingRates.com which provide realistic and simple tips for How to Save on Your Holiday Shopping. Plus this sage advice will help you minimize holiday stress.
Okay, the magic unicorns are now beginning to kick in the side of my face again so I must go rest and keep still until I visit the dentist. Have a great day.