Holiday Cheer & Bargain Hunting

By , November 28, 2003

Thanksgiving has come and gone, thus officially kicking off the Christmas Season. Holiday music abounds, stores are open later, traffic and crowds are larger, Santas are out in full force, and general merriment is on the rise everywhere. As such, I am poised to purchase Christmas cards to send to family and friends, as well as making my annual list of people for whom I need to buy gifts.

My sister and her husband were home for Thanksgiving, and in between sometimes sickening palavers of love and affection for one another, such as:

Lil’ Sis: My Sweet Jeffy!
Jeff: My Cara Bear-a!
Me: *barf*

they had time to converse with me. The matter of holiday shopping was bandied about during one of the conversations. Lil’ Sis was insisting to Sweet Jeffy that they awaken bright and early the day after Thanksgiving, in order that they might spend the entire day shopping and bargain hunting.

I’m as big a fan of saving money as the next guy, but no level of price reduction will get me to venture out to shop on the day after Thanksgiving. I’ve seen televised footage of what shopping is like on that day. No thanks; I’ll pay the extra 10%. I dislike shopping enough as it is without having to contend with stampeding hordes while hunting down gifts.

In the meantime, I need to stop buying “gifts” for myself. Don’t ask me why, but I’ve accumulated a bunch of “throwback” basketball jerseys lately. Playing basketball has become my primary form of exercise, and for some reason I find it fun to wear the things when I play. It’s sort of dumb to spend that much on exercise clothing, but there is something about the old-fashioned aesthetic that appeals to me. I already have a few of them, but I kind of of want one more– this one. Crazy, right? Someone stage an intervention already.

Oh, so back to the topic at hand– bargain hunting. Sometimes I think sales encourage people to purchase things they otherwise would not, simply because of the reduced price. Today’s Question: What do you think?

Oh, and just ‘cuz, here is what Christmas music sounded like in 1949:

Currently Playing: Nat “King” Cole – All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth)


16 Responses to “Holiday Cheer & Bargain Hunting”

  1. MandyMae says:

    it’s good that you buy yourself things! i’m not sure that i quite understand bargain hunting, every time i have tried it i ended up with nothing. i am quite picky i suppose. but everyone else ends up with a pile of junk anyway, so it’s ok. i like your approach to shopping. it sounds good to me!

    you should play more video games.



    Peasprout Reply:

    @MandyMae, More video games? I don’t play any video games.


  2. rips31 says:

    see it -> want it -> buy it!


  3. YeLLoWFeVeR says:

    it was the last football game of this season for our high school team…


  4. Well !! Hppy Thxgvg, bebe! Hvn’t blogged in a while. Let’s see … I’m not a bargn huntr – I’m jst chronically shpping. No need for an occasion (post holiday, semi-annual), I’m jst always doin it.

    I dnt knw wht to say abt the jersies – I thnk it’s cool. Anythg thrwbck is dope.

    The sale at 6am at Best Buy was a supersale !! Laptops were 1/2 price, 14″ flat panel monitor $100, Mpio 128MB MP3 player $40, Simpsons DVD 1st Seas $12, DVD’s $12, CD’s $8, DVD player $20 (get the idea?) !! It was madness like tht.

    Tht’s why I ddn’t get anythg. Evrythg I wanted was gone by 6.10am (save for the Simps). The wait to pay was ~45mins. I ddn’t stay.

    So sad, too bad !! ~PK


  5. I forgot – can you play The Chimpmunks “Christmas, Christmas, Time of year … ” ? Tht whole album kicks.

    Also – the Ventures Christmas album (whch I owe vinyl, thnk you vry mch !!). :)



  6. YukiTonbo says:

    I agree, that’s why it’s hard for me to go shopping with just anyone, often get criticized for spending too much on one item, but I don’t give a damn, I am willing to spend a lot on something I really like and I know I will wear.


  7. shadowluv says:

    I’m not a bargin shopper. I go to a sale and never buy anything on sale…My taste always runs toward the pricey items…Therefore, I see it, I like it, I buy it…


  8. Anonymous says:

    where r u?


  9. ca1b0y says:

    It’s one thing to randomly buy cheap items, but it’s another to look for the cheapest price of something you’d like. After Thanksgiving sales require me to wake up nice and early in order for me to get it. I don’t think there’s really time to “search around” anyways.

    I find myself doing random shopping during X-mas though. It helps to look around to find an interesting gift for a friend. :)


  10. mortsci3 says:

    All I can say is what gives you the right?


    Peasprout Reply:

    @mortsci3, the right to do what?


  11. 50% of the time i go christmas shopping i just end up buying things for myself… i cant help it!!!! i mean if you see stuff that you want, its not bad!! its not like you are purposely going out to buy stuff for yourself.. and sometimes they’re on sale too which makes me want it even more!! =)


  12. MandyMae says:

    Hey sweetie! Where’d ya go? You need to stimulate our minds with your intriguing posts! You know your posts are the best! :P Later!

    Oooooooh. Nevermind, I forgot what I was gonna say. ;o)


  13. Betty Grable says:

    I stay at home and drink cinnamon tea the day after Thanksgiving and perhaps roam a little around the roads to see if anyone dumped furniture and suitcases for me to take. At the end of the day, I point my fingers at the masses and laugh at their hysteria.


  14. Megan says:

    A bargain indeed! :)


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