Everyone wants to get a deal. We all take pride in showing off our shiny new things to our friends, neighbors, and other on-lookers only to say, “I only got it for…” As a special gift to you and your family, this holiday season, I’m going to tell you where you can get the absolute best deal for any gift worth giving. There’s one slight catch: I’m not going to reveal this nugget until the very end of this post.
Last year I wrote an article titled, Stay the Hell Home! where I observed the major retail stores in our country attempt to breeze past Thanksgiving and start the shopping season early. I pledged not to frequent any of the stores who stayed open for Thanksgiving for the entire holiday season. This became a personal mission of mine when a friend told me he would not be seeing his elderly grandmother for Thanksgiving because her employer, Walmart,told her she would be out of a job if she failed to report to duty. In other words, she wasn’t asked to volunteer to come in and earn time and a half, she was being forced to work through the holiday. This year I am dismayed to see retail stores continue this same trend and I am once again pledging to take my business elsewhere UNLESS the CEO’s and Executive Board are also working through Thanksgiving. I have sent letters to the corporate offices of major retailers including Target, Walmart, and Best Buy informing them of my one man boycott. While I doubt the Board of Directors will be behind the register when Macy’s opens at 6 pm tomorrow, hopefully I can inspire you to stay home.
Here are a list of facts you may want to consider before you leave your family at the dinner table:
- SHOP ONLINE – I realize I may be biased but my website, www.philtasticshopper.com is designed specifically to help you get the best deal. There are specialized tools like comparative shopping and shop buddy designed to specifically save you money at your favorite stores. Understand, I’m not trying to change what you buy, just how you buy it. In exchange, many partner stores offer up to 50% cashback. Money in your pocket for something you were already going to buy.
- You aren’t necessarily getting the best deal – Stores have figured out how to work the average consumer up into a frenzy and then, through the power of marketing, direct your focus to the items allowing the most room for profit. Due to the advent of social media, companies really didn’t lose any money on me ignoring the ad because some pixel addled person will line up to buy the expensive piece of plastic they really don’t need in addition to one or two games to go with it.
- Unless you’re waiting outside of the store now, they are most likely out of it– Stores tend to get limited quantities of hot items. Unless you are one of the first people in line at the store, chances are you probably won’t be getting it.
The absolute best deal you will get this holiday season, as promised, is not found at any store or on any website no matter what time of day you look. The best deal ever is right in your home. Once your done reading, commenting, sharing, and praising this post ( shameless yes) shut your computer or phone down and walk into the dining room. Sit with your spouse, your children, and relatives- even if they don’t have anything in particular to say or if they’re sleeping. I don’t remember the Christmas mornings where I spent all day burning my retinas while staring intently at a Gameboy. As cheesy as it sounds, I remember moments like how my Grandmother’s cooking smelled, how my Mom made sure the house was meticulously decorated each year, and the time when my Dad wrapped my present in about 7 larger boxes like a Russian doll. Instead of buying objects, make some memories. The luster of the shiny new things will fade away in weeks but good quality family time will shine on in the recesses of our minds for years to come. No matter how hard a corporation or store tries they can’t manufacture memories of time will spent with family. In the end isn’t family what Thanksgiving is all about?
Philip A. Maenza aka “Philtastic Phil” is an internet entrepreneur and consumer behavior professional whose interests include art, film, music, stand up comedy, fitness, and comic books. Phil is also a dedicated community volunteer and always open to connecting with like minded optimists. Phil wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Thanksgiving.