That time of the year
by, 12-03-2011 at 11:39 PM (1031 Views)
I have never been a big fan of Thanksgiving and Xmas. It seems like I never had enough money to take advantage of Black Friday, Mudane Monday and any day of the weeks leading up to Xmas. Being single parent and low paying jobs kept me from buying presents for my children and family. During those early years, thank God for my family. They would buy my children presents so that they would have something under the tree. I will have always love them for that. It wasn't until I started selling my handmade jewelry and other merchandise, did I see a light at the end of the tunnel. Funny how it turned out. What I had left over from selling would go for presents for my family. It was not big expensive presents, but presents I could give. With the money I made I was able to buy my children some toys. I remember one Xmas, I was able to buy electronics, clothes and jewelry. Most of what I got was wholesale, it made a world of difference in my children's life and mine. It has been awhile since I have participated in a Black Friday event. It seems like my life has gone in a circle. My children are grown and my business is not it use to be(I moved to another state and my business took a nose dive). The job I have now does not pay enough but to barely cover the bills. So why did I decide to go out this past Black Friday with the hopes that I pull off a miracle. Rising at four oclock and going to several stores, I was able to gain 3 gift card. The grand total - $45.00. Two of the cards had to be used that same day. Becasue the some of the merchandise was marked up, my gifts cards did not take me very far. I was able to get one necklace(I make jewelry), two packs of socks(which we did need) and the other gift card I have not use yet. I will this weekend. More jewelry to add to my collection. I will probably take it apart and make something. My girlfriend asked me why don't I just make present for every one. I could do that , but how many necklace, earrings and bracelets does one need. Plus that would only take care of the women. What about the men?
I was so disappointed that I came home and slept for 10 hours straight. Here is what this post all boils down to. My family is not the type to accept gifts from the thrift shops. Handmade maybe, but used. Never. Not at Xmas time. No, no, no.
I have been so frugal for the past year, and sometimes, I feel it is for nothing. My main purpose was to save, recycle and pay off outstanding debt. So far I have managed to pay off several bills, but saving money seems like I am going up hill in strong wind. I wish I could jump over Thanksgiving and Xmas and go straight to the New Year. Where I can start all over again and hope this time I travel with the brave souls on Black Friday, with my head high. Or maybe I will just thank God for what I do have and stop feeling sorry for myself.
For all of you who have the "I have no money Xmas blues, please comment. For those of you think I am feeling sorry for myself, please comment NEXT YEAR. I will have a new attitude by then. LOLOLOLOL