Happy Thanksgiving America!

Pass the TurDuckEn

The biggest holiday in the U.S. is today, and I wish my American Brother and all my friends South of the Border a most festive holiday weekend. Evidently there is more traveling for Thanksgiving than for Christmas, and tomorrow being Black Friday the orgy of spending for Christmas will start in earnest.

Given that many stores are open today in the States, I am confused as to why Black Friday is still so important, but I guess tradition states that it must be the biggest sales day for stores. It is interesting to see that there are on line Black Friday sales (even in Canada), which begs the question,Why? I guess we in Canada feel inferior to our American neighbors and must join in with the spending splurge on Friday as well.

Black Friday NT Times

Where Do They Keep the Cheese Straighteners?

Why Black Friday?

The term Black Friday is open to interpretation, it’s first use was to describe the 1869 Stock Market Crash (yes they had Stock Crashes even in the 19th Century), but in more modern times it is associated with the idea of the day that Retailers Break Even on that day (thanks to the massive sales throughput of that day). I think that is an interesting theory, not sure if it is the truth, but a good legend.

Lots of folks get injured on Black Friday chasing down those elusive great buys, and many stores are opening at 4:00 AM to drive their customers’ delirium even higher. I think it would be interesting to observe this, but those crowds scare me, so I would stay away from them.

Much like Boxing Day here in Canada, Black Friday seems to be an excuse to buy another Deluxe Left-handed Cheese Straightener, because it is on sale! There should be a converse day to Black Friday like Declutter Monday where you must now take your excess Cheese Straightener and give it to the Good Will or Salvation Army (maybe have that day in May to create a feeling of need by November again)? Just an idea.

I guess the day after Black Friday is effectively Red Saturday given the amount of money spent by Consumers, they are the ones that have now gone into the Red putting retailers into the Black? Again, just conjecture on my part.

Enjoy your Football, Parades and then your spending on Friday, but remember, someone has to pay for all of this eventually.

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Holiday Cheer Volume 4: Happy Boxing Day

For my regular readers, I am so lazy swamped over the holidays that I am taking some time off and putting up a “Best of” anthology until the New Year (January 4th to be exact). Enjoy two Best of posts a day over the Holidays and have yourself a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Well that was a blur wasn’t it? The toys, the noise and excitement and then the Boxing Day sales, that will now go on for the next 4 months, isn’t capitalism a wonderful thing? For most of us, we get Monday off as “Boxing Day”, but fear not good reader, I still have my shovel out digging up old “nuggets” from the past year.

The Most Hideous (2009/02/09)

I opened my Ottawa Citizen on Saturday and I saw this picture and I was hit by a combination of revulsion, anger, and lurid curiosity…..

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Boxing Day: Just Because it’s on sale  (2008/12/26)

… doesn’t mean you have to buy it!

This is the mantra you should be repeating to yourself as you walk through the Boxing Day sales.

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Car or Bus? (2009/08/11)

That is one of the big questions I have to think about given my new appointment.

In my previous job, there really was no reason to take the bus because: …….

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All the Volumes

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Boxing Day: Just because it’s on sale…

… doesn’t mean you have to buy it!

This is the mantra you should be repeating to yourself as you walk through the Boxing Day sales.

Just because the “Deluxe Cheese Straightener” is 75% off,  do you really need it? Impulse buying is what Boxing Day sales are all about, if you don’t have a plan on what you want to buy.

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Mrs. Caj was pointing an accusatory finger at me when I told her about this posting, because we did manage to find a Wii Fit on December 23rd, by simply walking into a Best Buy at 8:27 PM walking into the aisle where the Wii Fit would be, picking one out of the just opened box and walking away with it. Mrs. Caj and I chuckled the whole way out of the store.

Was this impulse buying? I’ll plead sort of guilty, because we did have some money left over (cash given to us by a relative, thus this was bought with cash) and we were planning on buying the Fit, however, we had also decided that we were going to wait until the next birthday to get it. Is this impulse buying? I’ll plead guilty on this one.

Do I Really Need This?

Remember as you wander through the aisles of RABID shoppers, if you aren’t trying to get something you planned to buy, you are simply impulse buying (or doing some retail therapy), and that is a mistake.

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Let the Boxing Quarter Begin

Boxing Day sales used to be a one day type thing in Canada, then they became a week long event, now they seem to start December 1st and end March 30th! This is not a sale folks, this is an excuse to get you in the darn store to buy crap you do not want or need. My Mother used to buy wrapping paper and that was about it.

If you go to one of these sales, know what you are going to buy and don’t be swayed by the first shiny bobble you see. I looked at all of my favorite electronic stores (who have been having an On Line Boxing Day sale since 8:00 PM on the 24th of December) and see a couple of things I’d like, but not enough to attempt to get into the stores for 6:00 AM when they open to get one of the 10 that is guaranteed in each store, that is for sure!

Why not enjoy another day of peace and quiet and maybe go out on Friday? Yes all the “best buys” will be gone, but at least you may not get run over by over zealous shoppers in the parking lots?

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A few last Yuletide Thoughts

I may rant about Boxing day and such at the end of all of this, but I will attempt to make this my last posting about finances and Christmas.

The Spirit of Christmas is Watching YOU!
The Spirit of Christmas is Watching YOU!
  • Christmas cards are not late if they have been mailed before Christmas day (that means even if I mail them on Christmas day they are not late). Late Christmas cards are the ones that show up in July, there is no LATE in Christmas, just delayed.
  • If you are paying bills, remember to get them done TODAY because they won’t be “paid” until the 27th if you don’t (I got burned on that one once).
  • I once did buy something useful at a Boxing Day sale, but it was mostly due to the fact that I needed something, AND it was on sale, AND I got there and there was still some left. Boxing Day sales seem a little too much for me. (it was a Stereo Amplifier).
  • My Christmas this year is astounding even before it happens, because I have had an amazing year, and really don’t need any gifts (however, I won’t ask anyone to return them either).

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy your Riches as much as I do (no I am not talking about money for once).

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