I’ve mentioned before that I’ve stopped shopping on Black Friday because I could either price match, shop online, or just live without the deals offered. But this year it’s different- I’m just OVER Black Friday. Over hearing about which stores are making employees work on Thursday, over who’s released their ads early, over who’s getting in line where, over even knowing what’s on sale.
This year I’m not even excited about the travel deals. In years past 90% here or there had me at the laptop hitting refresh at 11:59AM. This year? Nah.
Maybe it’s because the Deal Kids seem to be over Christmas gifts. Neither has taken more than a cursory look at the ToysRUs, Walmart, or Target gift guides. Even the lure of Grandparent and Santa gifts merits a yawn. In years past they marked up the guides like crazy.
Or maybe because Deal Dad and I have a policy not to exchange gifts- or rather my gift is the ability to travel solo every other year. Two weeks every two years to breathe is worth more than every trinket you could imagine!
But mostly I think it’s because the Deal Kids finally- at almost 11 and 14- have figured out they have everything they could possibly need. Deal Girl first gave signs four years ago when she asked for a trip for her Birthday. In fact this year I’m repeating the experience with a surprise trip as her birthday gift. (I’m not revealing where as she’s now old enough to read the blog.)
I’d like to give credit to all the travel, especially to Asia. Vietnam in particular gave the kids a perspective on how others lived. I’m not romanticizing poverty but I’m quite sure viewing such a different way of life gives them pause before asking for another Nintendo Switch game.
To be clear- I’m not judging those of you who brave the crowds for a discounted iPhone. I know for many it’s a family tradition and I’m sure our tree will still bulge with gifts no matter how I feel now. But I do wonder: have your feelings about Black Friday and holiday shopping in general changed as you travel more? Have you found any travel deals worth stalking? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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