Rushing seasons

October 11, 2014

Ray Augenstein

Ray Augenstein

Did you notice? When you walk into a store they seem to have started advertising Christmas sales on July 4th. They even have after Christmas sales on December 26th. To make sure they get the last penny not spent on the Christmas buying stampede.

I barely got the New Year’s celebration turned off of my TV when I start hearing advertisements for Valentine’s Day. I get so tired of the big stores pushing the early sales on us. I would like a little respite from one before I start thinking about another. A person barely gets out of debt from the spending on one holiday before they get into debt for another.

They even invent holidays just to get us to dip into our pockets. You have Bosses day, Secretary’s day, Valentine’s Day, Mother in Law’s day. You name it, it probably has a special day for it, and a special event to celebrate it. Like buying flowers, going out to eat, or buying presents.

They can’t leave Thanksgiving alone either. You will notice that the day after Thanksgiving you’ve got to have Black Friday. What a debacle that is, with mobs of people standing at the doors of big stores like Target, Walmart, Macys and others, Pushing and shoving each other just for the privilege of spending their money on what they perceive as bargains.

But the biggest Holidays are Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s, Halloween and Thanksgiving. I enjoy the holidays but just not 4 to 6 months ahead of time. By the time the actual holiday gets here I’m tired of all the hype. Christmas Music is fine but not starting in October. Give me a break, let my emotions settle down before you bring on another event to get me all worked up.

Right now, I am enjoying the colors of fall and anticipating a nice Thanksgiving with family and friends, but I don’t want to start Thanksgiving before Halloween gets over with. I notice that in Walmart, Meijer’s or Kmart you will see signs of Thanksgiving already being displayed along with the Halloween display.

When I was a younger man in my 20’s I was being trained as a manager for Zody’s store. One of the things I was taught was the staff would get a memo to up the prices on certain items in the store. They would stay at that price for a few days, and then we would get signs and another memo to place these same items on sale for 10 or 20 percent off.

Strangely enough, that seemed to bring the costs of the items to almost the original costs they started out with. Now I’m not saying that they all do that, or that the Items on sale have been treated to this action. I know that there are some discontinued, or surplus items that need to be moved. But remember this, a bargain is not a bargain if it is not something you need. To spend money just because something is on sale is not the wisest thing.

 

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