Time is Money

I’ve heard rumblings that Black Friday sales are encroaching on Thanksgiving – Thursday.  Each retailer moves the sale date back by minutes and hours to beat the competition to the punch.  (Er, maybe “punch” isn’t the right word to use when writing about Black Friday sales…they can get pretty brutal.)

I’m sad that commercialism is taking over our lives.  I feel like retailers are grabbing the clock hands and spinning them like the Wheel of Fortune… Halloween merchandise is out right after fourth of July; before Halloween is sold out, Christmas is waiting in the wings to take center stage; as soon as Christmas is done, they bring out the pink and red hearts for Valentine’s Day (now there’s a made-up holiday if I ever saw one.)

I digress.

On Monday, the news broadcast a story about people already camped out in front of a store for Black Friday sales.  I get that discounted electronics sound like an awesome deal, but is four days (or more) of lost life worth the $200 saved?  I would argue “absolutely not!”

Trading family time for “stuff” just feels like the antithesis of Thanksgiving.  Brawls ensuing from people fighting over these deals are just evidence that perhaps we are selling our souls to the devil one Black Friday at a time.

I do sometimes venture out on Black Friday, but never for the high fight risk items.  I’d rather pay more for a TV and stay out of the ER, but that’s just me.  I have scored some nice fleece pajamas for $8 though.  And the best thing, is that everyone else was in the kitchen section fighting over the Cuisinart cookware 😆

I will be here in spirit on Black Friday!

I hope that most people would avoid the insanity and keep Thanksgiving Day about family.  If we do hit the stores on Friday, remember: if the Black Friday experience gets too intense, grab a cup of coffee and watch the insanity from a distance.  Or better yet, go home and sleep it off!

You know where I stand…what do YOU think about Black Friday sales sneaking into Thanksgiving Day?

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33 thoughts on “Time is Money

  1. timkeen40 November 20, 2012 / 6:21 PM

    EVery year I resist (actually detest) the insanity of Black Friday. I resist (actually detest) the instanity of Christmas (yes, I said it. Christmas as in Christ) shopping. Every year for as long as I have been married to my wife and the kids have old enough, I take those kids out on Christmas Eve to shop for my wife. Yes, all the good stuff is gone. Yes, we have to look a little harder to find something we think she might like. But for well over a decade, it is something I look forward to with my kids. The next morning, to see if we have satisfied with something bought from the heart for wife, has been priceless for well over a decade.

    I have no idea what Black Friday could gain the people involved other than the insanity that it is, people standing outside at the most horrible of hours, braving cold only to rush in and literally fight one another over the latest “things” just so that could impress increasingly unimpressed receivers of their “gifts”. I don’ spend a lot of time in church for reasons that are my own, but I grew up there. I have read the scriptures. I understand their intent. I have no doubt that Christ would not approve.

    Tim

    • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 3:24 PM

      I like your Christmas Eve shopping tradition, Tim. Black Friday doesn’t bring out the best in people, and it is disturbing that common courtesy seems to be left at home during the mad rush. My husband and I just do stocking stuffer type gifts since we really have everything we need. He recently bought me a ring and I’m saying it’s for Christmas (so he doesn’t spend more money) but he bought it just because he wanted me to have it. I like that.

      I would agree that Christ would be disappointed in the retail free-for-all that has ensued in the name of Christ’s birthday.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. I appreciate it!

  2. Tessa November 20, 2012 / 7:40 PM

    I haven’t done shopping on a Black Friday since they actually started on the morning of Friday LOL! People already have Christmas decorations up. My daughter had hers up this past Saturday when we were there. I don’t know when they actually put it up. I ignored it.

    • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 3:35 PM

      Ha, you’re funny, Tessa! I don’t have Christmas decorations up yet, but plan to do so in a week or two. The cats love it because the lighted tree is their playground!

      • Tessa November 21, 2012 / 4:45 PM

        Janna, Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving was bad enough, but now we aren’t even waiting for thanksgiving to be over to decorate. I say “what the heck, just leave them up all year!” By the way, if you haven’t guessed it, I am a Scrooge, bah humbug! Holidays stressed me out before the divorce, but I could handle it, but now I just wish they would all go away. I cry at Christmas carols. I try for the kids and grandkids sakes, but it could all go away and I wouldn’t care.

        • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 9:08 PM

          I’m sorry Christmas is such a difficult time of year for you, Tessa. It is my favorite holiday – I love the decorations, the lights, the stories of kindness, the celebration…just not the madhouse shopping. I pray for you to have the strength to get through the holidays and I hope you are able to find joy and overcome the sadness.

        • Tessa November 29, 2012 / 8:45 PM

          Thank you!

  3. agjorgenson November 20, 2012 / 8:16 PM

    Thanksgiving becomes thanksgrabbing: I can’t see any good coming from that!

    • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 3:37 PM

      Thanksgrabbing is about right, Agjorgenson. I think that’s what I find most unappealing about the hype – the loss of manners. I don’t like that the stores aggravate the situation by advertising these too-good-to-be-true deals and then only have 3 items in stock. Of course that’s going to be a problem when ten people are set on having that item!

  4. nrhatch November 20, 2012 / 9:01 PM

    I have never shopped on Black Friday.
    I never will.

    I watch the insanity from the privacy of my living room.
    On TV.
    While sipping my coffee and repeating my favorite mantra:

    Less is More!

    • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 3:38 PM

      I’ve seen some crazy Black Friday brawls on the news. Watching from afar is a smart move. Less is more is better than the excessive excess you wrote about today. Yikes!

  5. diannegray November 20, 2012 / 11:10 PM

    I’m not even sure what black Friday is – and now I really don’t want to know 😉

    I love “I’d rather pay more for a TV and stay out of the ER…” this gave me a big chuckle 😀

    • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 3:42 PM

      Black Friday is a US thing – you’re lucky you’ve not experienced it. Retailers advertise some great deals to promote consumer spending (and to boost their bottom line – or get their earnings into the ‘black’, hence the name Black Friday.) What happens is that there is often very little stock of these items, so people camp out in front of the store so they can get snag the item. Fights can actually break out over this stuff…it’s crazy!

      Thanks for stopping by, Dianne!

  6. rerodan November 21, 2012 / 1:31 AM

    Fortunately or unfortunately, we do not have the black friday rush in Nigeria.
    Perhaps some of the campers do that so they can buy their loved ones something they would have not been able to afford.
    In Nigeria, 200 dollars is almost twice the minimum wage.

    • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 3:46 PM

      I would say it’s fortunate that you don’t have the rush, Rerodan. Two hundred dollars is a lot of money, and I can understand wanting to get a loved one something nice. I guess I’m wondering if the price is too high. Several days of missed family time and memories for an object that will likely last (or keep interest) for a few years seems awfully steep to me. Maybe it is a fair trade to some, I don’t know!

      Thanks for sharing your perspective and a possible reason to do Black Friday.

  7. momsomniac November 21, 2012 / 10:33 AM

    Personally, I think it’s time to up the ante, encouraging everyone to not shop *at all* on Thanksgiving *or* the Friday after. It’s time to remind everyone that the people who work retail are, in fact, human and should be treated by the Golden Rule. This was my recent status on FB :

    “Please join me in observing “Buy Nothing Day” this Friday. Black Friday has moved earlier and and earlier and has finally creeped into Thanksgiving itself. Retail employees are moms and dads, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters. I wouldn’t want to lose my holiday so someone else could save $50 on a TV. I won’t ask it of others. There is such a thing as “enough profit.” If you agree that maximum profit over basic decency to people is not a goal to strive towards, then join me. Let’s be the change.”

    • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 3:50 PM

      My husband works the day after Thanksgiving. (Fortunately, I don’t!) I do agree that everyone deserves family time. Let’s hope the retailers call a truce and leave Thanksgiving alone in the future.

      Thanks for stopping by, Momsomniac. I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving with your family!

  8. Debbie November 21, 2012 / 12:16 PM

    Janna, we were thinking alike on this one! I, too, don’t appreciate Black Friday and the way it breaks up the family time with its insistence on stimulating the economy (which can easily be done another day!)

    • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 3:56 PM

      The thing about Black Friday is you have to really look at the prices. In some cases, the discount isn’t a great as what you’d think. The item might actually be one with fewer features than the standard or an older model. Even Cyber Monday has left me wondering where the deals are. At least I can look in the comfort of my own home 🙂

      I hope you have a peaceful Thanksgiving, Debbie!

  9. Widdershins November 21, 2012 / 2:05 PM

    The insanity of black friday (I refuse to dignify it with capital letters) has reached north of the border. The punchline of the joke being that one can get the same deals from the retailers on-line and days earlier.

    • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 3:58 PM

      You’re right, Widdershins. I can’t believe the madness has gone north. Thanksgiving isn’t even a Canadian holiday, is it? I like shopping online if I know what I’m looking for.

    • jannatwrites November 21, 2012 / 3:59 PM

      Life should be taken slow and enjoyed…and we shouldn’t trample one another to get something off the store shelf.

      Glad you stopped by, Newwhitebear 🙂

  10. Denise Hisey November 23, 2012 / 5:01 PM

    Hubby and I did Black Friday shopping a couple of times several years ago.
    It was fun the first time and we stuck to our list very carefully. The second time fellow shoppers were liked crazed maniacs and we’ve never done it again.
    We’re losing the meaning of Thanksgiving and it makes me sad!

    • jannatwrites November 25, 2012 / 9:44 PM

      When people are civilized, Black Friday shopping can be fun. My husband and I did it for a few years when we’d spend Thanksgiving at his mom’s. We’d leave the kids with her and have a few hours to ourselves on Friday morning. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your Black Friday story, Denise.

  11. Sandra November 23, 2012 / 11:57 PM

    I’m with you. Black Friday is not my kind of thing. I don’t understand dealing with that much stress for a little money saved… I’d rather not own said item that would have saved me X bucks. Just fighting the crowd is enough for me to stay home and be perfectly happy with family and food! 🙂

    • Sandra November 23, 2012 / 11:58 PM

      Oh, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

      • jannatwrites November 25, 2012 / 9:51 PM

        Thanks, Sandra! I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable as well. I can’t believe the weekend is already over 😦

    • jannatwrites November 25, 2012 / 9:51 PM

      Family and food are what Thanksgiving is about, Sandra! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

      I actually did venture out on Friday morning for a set of cookware. I didn’t stand in line at all and I picked up the cookware. There was no fighting or grabbing. The employees were nice – she even grabbed a hand cart and wheeled the set out to my car for me. I got home as my husband was leaving for work and had the whole day to hang out with my kids 🙂

  12. Jackie Paulson November 24, 2012 / 10:29 AM

    I hear you all, no black friday for me….I am so glad your Holiday of Thanksgiving is such a blessing. It’s so nice to have you stop by my blog as well. Jackie 🙂

    • jannatwrites November 25, 2012 / 9:52 PM

      I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, Jackie. Thanks for dropping by!

  13. pattisj November 30, 2012 / 10:30 PM

    I don’t usually shop on Black Friday, and I’m sure not going on Thanksgiving.

    • jannatwrites November 30, 2012 / 11:52 PM

      I’m glad you keep Thanksgiving as family time, Patti. My husband has had to work on Thanksgiving before and it’s not fun.

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