I am so sick of seeing commercials of shiny new SUVs with Christmas bows in the driveway and a happy couple (+2kids) frolicking in the 1” of artificial snow.
I understand the money making (selling) machines of corporate America are behind this and our economy thrives from purchases, and nobody is going to pay for a commercial that says “Hey honey, surprise! We’re now in debt for another 72 (84?) months.” Hmmm.
I’m not a total curmudgeon chanting Bah Humbug, not at all. Yes, the holidays are a time for sharing with loved ones. We can share time, energy or even thoughtful gifts to show our love. I understand the commercialism in our culture and important to the country (companies/shareholders).
It’s just these artificial, over-extend-yourself commercials drive me crazy.
Maybe it’s my deep-rooted belief that repeated new car purchases and other large disposable items continue to smash the financial (future) stability of millions of people. Come to think about it, maybe I am a curmudgeon. Maybe I just have too much time in my LifeInFIRE to notice these things and grumble. Or maybe, just maybe, I am onto something smart here.
Maybe, I just need to get off my $1/month Hulu subscription with commercials and do something more productive (like write my thoughts online?).
For some of our younger family, we do back-to-school gifting (more than xmas) because they already get SO many gifts at xmas and nothing in the summer. It seems to make sense for our different mindedness.
I hope you are wise and enjoy the holidays with your loved ones, and also remember to enjoy the entire year, and share and give throughout the year.
Enjoy every day. That’s my goal.
*** Nothing in this article is to be construed as financial advice. I am not a financial planner, nor do I pretend to be. You should always consult your own professional when seeking advice.