We’re all back at work after our self-induced food comas of last Thursday and what looks to have been a record-breaking long weekend of conspicuous consumption across the nation.
Black Friday retail sales were down in brick and mortar stores, but made HUGE gains online this year, and Forbes estimates that a record $6.6 BILLION was spent online yesterday in what has become known as “Cyber” Monday.
Americans are finding it more convenient to turn to the internet to make our holiday purchases, and retailers are in a cut-throat competition against each other for our hard-earned dollars at this time of year, as we all try to get the best deals on the hot new toys and gadgets for our loved ones.
I’m not immune—I indulged in a little bit of retail therapy over the weekend myself. I bought some gifts for the folks on my list, and then, because I had “saved” so much money with these online sales, I decided to get myself a little something, too. I spent $35 at a national electronics retailer yesterday for $95 worth of gadgets, and all while still in my pajamas. Free shipping is a powerful drug…
But did you know that it is just as easy to give back to your community as it is to get all of the gifts you need for underneath your Christmas tree? Organizations like the Carlisle Family YMCA have online pages to make donating quick and easy.