Thursday, November 15, 2012

Black Friday

 Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, traditionally the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The day's name originated in Philadelphia, where it originally was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic which would occur on the day after Thanksgiving. Use of the term started before 1961 and began to see broader use outside Philadelphia around 1975. Later an alternative explanation began to be offered: that "Black Friday" indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are "in the black". Of course, retailers turn a profit all the time, that is how they stay in business and can afford to pay their CEO's such huge salaries.

This year there is a lot of talk about employees of different large corporations threatening to strike on Black Friday. I have seen a lot posts on Facebook asking consumers to stand with them. Personally, I am not a fan of Black Friday. I don't think the deals are as amazing as people claim and they certainly aren't worth getting trampled for.


A much better way to save money on your Christmas gifts is to make them yourself. There are plenty of ideas on Pinterest and we even have a few tutorials in Stephanie's post for homemade gifts and in our craft section. Another option is to buy your gifts from locally owned businesses. Every town has local hardware stores and downtowns are often filled with little speciality shops. You can also buy gift cards at locally owned restaurants and beauty salons. This year try to spend your money where it will help the economy instead of lining the pockets of millionaire CEOs. Another suggestion is to buy your purchases with cash. Then the credit card companies don't get to make a profit off your hard earned money and you will know you aren't going over budget.



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