Can we talk about Thanksgiving for a minute? Like just a quick post to remind everyone that part of that word is “Thanks.” Thanks, meaning…thankful. Giving meaning….you know, like that you’re GIVING thanks. For the things you have, the people you have in your life, the roof over your head. A big part of the day is supposed to be spent having a good meal with the best company, and I feel like we’ve lost sight of that.
Can someone PLEASE explain to me why people are finding it necessary to shop for things they don’t even need on the day meant to spend with our families and you know…be thankful for what you already have? I am hoping to keep this post shorter in length, but I just want to give everyone tips for this holiday shopping season. People have been camping out since LAST WEEK to shop on Black Friday.This is ridiculous.
Please be nice to the workers – if you haven’t worked retail during the holidays, you have absolutely no idea how cruel people can be during a time that’s supposed to be happy and joyful. Most of the time, retail workers aren’t able to request any time off near the holidays (there’s something called a “blackout period” that goes from Thanksgiving to sometime past Christmas in most cases), so they’re losing quality family time to deal with grumpy people all day.
Don’t talk on the phone when you’re checking out. It’s very rude.
Don’t hand the cashier a wad of money and expect them to straighten it out for you.
Say “please” and “thank you.”
Don’t ignore employees when they ask if you need help- just let them know you’re okay and thank them anyway!
Don’t yell at a cashier because something rang up wrong – sometimes prices change throughout the day and the system doesn’t update. It isn’t their fault and they’ll fix it for you.
DON’T SWEAR AT PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO HELP YOU. I’m not even kidding about this- people used to swear at me if the lines were too long. Hello, I’m going as fast as I can, I can’t help that we’re busy and understaffed.
Don’t drive like a maniac. This is always a rule for me, but especially when the weather is bad, people are more tired than usual, and stress levels are high. Pay attention to the road and try your best to be extra cautious.
Shop smart. Just because something is on sale at one store doesn’t mean that’s the cheapest you can find it. Amazon has great deals around this time. Shop around before you make a big purchase.
Don’t leave tons of presents in plain sight in your car! Break ins happen all of the time around the holiday season. Try to make a few small trips or keep things hidden in your trunk.
Ask for help if you need it. Standing around staring into space and trying to figure out how to solve a problem in the middle of a busy store isn’t good for you or anyone else around you who is in a hurry.
Slow down. Running around a busy store is going to get you or someone else hurt. Remember what happened in Jingle All the Way when the toy stores opened? I do and I never want to be a part of that.
If you keep most of this in mind, you should have an a-okay holiday season, and I’m sure you’ll get your shopping done in a much less stressful way. Remember, the best gift you can give your loved ones is time spent with them. Don’t lose sight of what’s important while trying to snag cheap TVs that will last you maybe a few years.