Just because it is on sale, doesn’t mean we need it!
Don’t you just love all the consumerism surrounding the holidays? No sooner do we finish giving thanks for all we have only to turn around and think we need so much more! Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy looking at all the great deals, too. But, I also need to remind myself that there is a huge difference between want and need. And that is when Hubs and I became a Black Friday Scrooges!
After feasting on all the Thanksgiving goodies, Hubs and I did our traditional flipping through the Black Friday ads. I had already glanced at a few of the sales online, but even so, I still enjoy going through the paper. As is always the case, there were a lot of things that caught my eye. Same for Hubs. We made a few mental notes of items we’d like to look at but also decided there was no way we would wait in line for any sale.
The craziness of Black Friday started pretty much without us. We finally got in gear and hit Lowes at 10 AM. Initially, I wanted to get more garland but then decided we had enough. There was, however, a tree we wanted to check out. We had sold our bigger tree before we moved, and have talked about replacing it every year since. Even with adequate money on a gift card (snowblower rebate) we didn’t see anything worthwhile, even at their supposedly great discounts. We still have a smaller tree that will suffice for yet another year. The Scrooges won!
After Lowes, we stopped by a local clothing store. Hubs has been needing some new jeans. We struck out for his size, but some coats caught his eye. At 50% off, doesn’t this become a need? Good thing his cohort Black Friday Scrooge was with him. We also left that store empty-handed.
Another stop yielded several things for our business. That was a win as we will make money!
We did stop and get Hub’s glasses adjusted (free) and also bought him some new insoles, which were indeed a need. His old pair had seen some better days. Even at $50, they are worth the money as they prevent a lot of aches and pains. The one thing I won’t ever skimp on what is needed to take care of our feet.
A quick stop for a couple of grocery items and yet another quick stop at another hardware store for non-slip stair treads completed our day. Again, those were needed items.
I was pleased we resisted a lot of temptation and avoided buying any wants. As for gift giving, for our kids and grandkids, we shop online and stick to a strict budget. About the only Christmas shopping I’ll be doing in-store is for Project Angel Tree. We aren’t complete Scrooges as we do adopt a needy child every Christmas! To help offset that gift, I do have $17 on a Kohls gift card (anniversary cash) which combined with a sale and coupon, should get me quite a ways. Nothing wrong with a Scrooge being thrifty! Had it not been for the crowds (parking lot was full) I would have knocked this off my list, too.
Did you do any Black Friday shopping? If so, were you able to resist all the consumerism and stick only with what you needed?