I love to save money. In fact, I have written many articles on the subject. I admit I'm basically a cheapskate who loves a sale.
But I like to think that I save money in a sensible way--that I know how to recognize when saving money is simply not worth it. Maybe quality suffers or the effort eats up my time, and it becomes clear that this "bargain" was no bargain at all.
This Thanksgiving, as a number of retailers are starting Black Friday actually on Thanksgiving night, I feel strongly that saving money by shopping on Thanksgiving is simply not worth it.
It's not worth it for me personally to spend to spend the last hours of my holiday in a store full of strangers, instead of recovering from a tryptophan overdose with friends and family. Plus, while it's about choosing or not choosing to shop for consumers like me, many employees may have no choice about working on their family day.
But more than all that, I'm bothered by the bargain that the American people are making with corporate retailers. Is more stuff for less money truly worth it? If these early openings are a success, then what's next? Will the day we give thanks just become another shopping free-for-all--just an excuse for a sale?
However, if these big box retailers don't make make extra profits this way, they'll figure out a new strategy next year--one that I hope will preserve this all-American holiday. I hope I'm not alone in thinking this way because the only way they won't make money is if people refuse to shop on Thanksgiving. It's up to us.
There are plenty of other options. You can shop Small Business Saturday instead and support businesses in you community. You can do holiday shopping online. You don't necessarily have to wait for Cyber Monday. Or get up early on Black Friday and patronize the retailers that respect family holidays.
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