Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! I’m sure you’ve heard one or two people mention that over the last few days. I’m sitting here working on my Black Friday shopping list, and thinking about how that relates to getting out of debt.
Lots of people avoid Black Friday like the plague. Some people go crazy over it. I think I’m somewhere in between those two extremes. I think it’s fun, I hope to get a few good deals, and enjoy time with friends.
This year things are a little different with our new financial plan. Here’s what’s different:
- We’re working off a totally CASH budget for Christmas. I know exactly how much money I have to spend on Friday, and that’s all there is.
- We’re cutting back on the Christmas gifts we purchase. (I’ll post more about our Christmas plans after the holiday.)
- I’m hoping my friends & readers will help keep us accountable this Christmas season!
It’s so easy to go overboard on purchases at this time of the year. It’s similar to going on a diet. If it’s just based on willpower, we’re sure to fail. Our mindset about spending has to change before any lasting progress can be made.
So, as I’m making a list (and checking it twice…you knew it was coming), it makes me think of all the reasons I’m thankful for our experiences of the last few months. I feel like it’s the start of some lasting change in our family.
Happy Thanksgiving – God bless your day and your celebration. I hope you remember the many reasons we have to be thankful!
What are you doing on Black Friday? Will you brave the crowds, or hibernate at home?