Maybe you are one of those people who got up at 4a.m and shopped until you dropped to hit all the Black Friday bargains. I did it once. Probably, won’t do it again. I had two problems.
1) I got impatient with all the lines and didn’t really enjoy being around cranking people at 4a.m. with no coffee.
2) I overspent because I felt like I had to buy something just because I made the effort to come out at such an ungodly hour.
Black Friday did not help me stay in the black when it came to my holiday budget. Did I just say budget? I did, because it is so important to have a budget in order to prevent over spending.
If you decide AHEAD of time what you can realistically spend on gifts, decorations and entertaining, you have a better change of not over spending.
Of course, there are those impulse buys –leave the tags on so you can take them back after you have had a chance to think about what you did!
And there are those items we pick up for ourselves because, hey, they are just good deals. Someone told me that 75% of buying during the holidays is spent on the buyer! Now, I don’t know if that is true, but I would not be surprised.
Last, don’t feel like you have to buy expensive gifts for people or be pressured into spending more than you want to spend. It really is the thought that counts. Homemade gifts can really keep down the costs if money is tight.
So, yes, it is Black Friday! Have some fun but try to stay in the black when it comes to spending.
From my home to yours, enjoy the feast, give thanks and relax!
Click on this link to listen to the Dr. Linda Mintle radio show on the power of gratitude.
Happy Thanksgiving. I wanted to spend a few moments talking about the physical, psychological and social benefits of being grateful. If you need a reason to give thanks, here are a number of goof ones!
This is a video blog only a few minutes long!
- We are attending Thanksgiving at my in-laws and I am concerned about how they will treat my children. My husband is an only child and we have three very rowdy young boys. Last time we visited, my in-laws made several negative comments about the boys. My sons have no cousins and were bored for most of the afternoon. I thought they did as well as could be expected given they had nothing to do after the meal. Any thoughts on how to prepare?
Something about family and food gatherings brings out the best and worst of families. Before you go, plan some sort of entertainment for the kids. Bring board games, an electronic interactive game, maybe go outside and play for awhile and work off some energy, or do what my family did for years—go bowling. None of us were regular bowlers, which made the event more fun. After we ate and pitched in with clean up, a group of us headed for the bowling alley. Grownups and kids bowled together and were loud and crazy. It was a fun activity that allowed those who wanted to get of the house for awhile to do something together. And those who stayed behind had a chance to rest and relax. Let your in-laws know ahead of time that this year you will have activities for the kids after the meal. They are welcomed to join you or use the time to rest. Hopefully this will take care of the negative comments. But if those comments are still made, smile, tell your in-laws that family dinners are not easy for rambunctious boys but they are really trying. Stay on top of them with your discipline. Tell your in-laws that you are doing the best you can and hope for a little grace for the holiday. If not, you be the one who offers grace.