Well, the holiday spending weekend is officially over, I don’t know about you but I was a little disappointed by what was (or rather wasn’t) on sale this past weekend. It definitely wasn’t a one-and-done shopping weekend for me. So yes, I’m a little disappointed. Like many other people I use these shopping sale days to not only buy gifts but buy things I use all year long and appreciate getting at a great discount. But that’s not how it worked out and so I, and many others, may be doing some bargain hunting over the next few weeks as the holidays approach.
What really surprised me was the lack of Cyber Monday deals this year and the lack of emails about any deals happening. I got one that suggested I order early so I get the items they sell in time for the holidays, but they didn’t manage to include a coupon code so I put off considering whether I would or would not order from them.
The other surprise from this holiday shopping season kickoff was that we’re at 6pm EST and already today I’ve gotten over 300 emails today. For what? Giving Tuesday. Started in 2012 it’s a way to encourage people to give to non profits who aren’t in the spotlight for most of the year. I donate to organizations every month so I don’t need today as a reminder, but I do look to see if organizations that I don’t support regularly but follow closely are doing any kind of giving match.
Ultimately the holiday season, whether you’re religious or not, celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, is about giving. It’s important to give to those who mean the most to us, but for many of us without the non-profits of the world we’d be lost and the world wouldn’t be as special a place as it is. I give monthly because these organizations are making a difference in the world in ways I simply can’t. So today yes, some of the money I didn’t spend over the weekend I will be donating to organizations that are making a difference in the world, helping them spread hope a little further this holiday season and in the year to come.