Firstly, if you waited in line for hours last week in order to get a “doorbuster” at midnight when you should have been sleeping off the tryptophan hangover, I have a little secret to share: There’s this thing called the INTERNETS and you can type in the name of a large river in the Southern Hemisphere (HINT: NOT THE NILE) and TADA! Online shopping! In fact, they sell tons of stuff on there! WINNING!
An even better idea, however, is to shop local. Like, small businesses, in your neighborhood, probably owned by neighbors and friends and people you don’t like at church but smile and wave to anyway.
Yes, smaller businesses often have things for higher prices then large big-box stores and discount department stores with giant red bullseyes for a logo but when you buy from big corporate store? Your money goes to big corporate executives. When you buy from local businesses? Your money goes to paying your neighbor’s mortgage or their health insurance or their kid’s violin lessons. And dammit, have you heard that kid play that violin? He needs all the help he can get! So those lessons are VERY IMPORTANT.
(I know there are things you can’t get at local stores, y’all. I’m just saying if there is stuff you CAN get locally, please do so, because everyone wins. And we all like winners. Because losers are… well... losers.)
Chances are you have everything you fundamentally need in life. A place to live, food on your table, clothing… heck, if you are reading this you have internet access so I’m thinking things are going ok for you. Unless, of course, you’re getting your internet access in the library or St. Arbucks, in which case I probably shouldn’t flash you my boobs. Sorry about doing that the one time and stuff. Ahem.
But for seriously, buying useless crap for people who don’t need it? Doesn’t make you feel good about where your money goes. A few years ago I started taking small amounts of money and donating it in in the name of folks I know instead. It makes me feel good that the little money I can spend can go to people who NEED IT DESPERATELY. So I have a few ideas for those hard-earned dollars. Wanna know what that is? I’m going to tell you because after all this IS the season of giving! Just remember, charities and organizations need money all year long, not just in December. A few of my favorites?
And if you want to keep it local…
Schools and Programs for disabled children
I could go on. I’m a local supporter myself but there are many, many worth organizations. Do your research and find one that aligns with your beliefs. It’s easy!
Happy holidays. Peace on Earth. Oh, and put down that fruit cake (it’s the same one circulating since 1952).