There's a curious similarity between Cyber Monday and plain old Tuesday. In fact, Tuesday feels so similar to Cyber Monday that I suggest we go ahead and admit that we are at the start of a full-on Cyber Month. December is all about retailers getting every last dollar we have before Christmas arrives. The push to sell, sell, sell doesn't lessen to any measurable degree and you will kick yourself when you see the same deal or better in the coming weeks. Let's expose Cyber Monday for what it always was - it's not a real part of Christmas celebrations.
Be on the lookout; there are other ways to get your hard earned bucks, too.
Many people struggle with finances at this time of year. How about the credit card companies that invite you to skip the December payment? Happily, I will tell you I've never paid one cent of interest on a credit card, so they're not getting it in December, either.
It seems that the next line of consumer attack goes straight for those who have trouble controlling that credit card and they're the last people in the world that need Christmas debt. As a public service, let me say to those folks: THERE IS A TOMORROW and it's filled with bills and buyer's remorse as you realize that little Johnny didn't really want or need that life-like Zoomer Dino Bonekruncher Spin Master that put you back $169.
Wasn't Christmas simpler when you sat on a chubby guys lap and told him your one wish and then let him handle it? I love that kind of oblivion; I could make it my home for the holidays.
It's not just the expense, though. Gift giving has become complicated. You can buy your Granny a FitnessBitness Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker 2000, but she knows when she is active and when she sleeps, she doesn't care about BMI, IBM or BMW - she's still going do her thing. I take that back: she will spend a little time bragging that you got her some electronic bracelet thing that she doesn't turn on because she doesn't want to waste it or "use it up."
I can't even begin to figure out what all my nieces and nephews have or don't have.
Let's be different and not follow the lemmings.
Maybe today could be called "Take-A-Breath Tuesday" and we can celebrate by breathing in through the mouth and slowly out through the nose. Having completed that action, now consider what you want to purchase for whom - and why. Reel in that spend-a-thon. If it feels like "I should" instead of "I want to," just skip it. Think about the people in your life that really matter (the ones who wouldn't think less of you if you didn't give them a gift, by the way). And remember, the relatives that didn't call all year won't wake up and decide you're the new favorite just because you gave them a gift. Don't gift for validation.
There was a time (insert urban legend here) when a plaster cast of your first grade hand would make a Grandma cry with joy when you gave it to her. Maybe my mother would get a kick out of that this year. My hand isn't all that big. I've got plaster. My flipside hand cast would find it's way to her wall; she's sentimental.
You know who would really appreciate your Christmas dollar? People in need. Send something their way or volunteer. It'll be win-win.
Squash that Cyber Month. Bring on Christmas!