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4. Are you even buying stuff you want, or are you just buying it because it's a good deal? Sure, it sounds great to pay less for a laptop or a plasma tv, but is it something that you actually need? If it is, couldn't your money better be spent by getting a higher quality version of the same thing? I'm awfully suspicious of a $200 laptop, and honestly can't believe that it's really a decent machine that's going to last or work well. If you're buying it as a gift for someone, why do you need to buy something so elaborate? Even at $200, that's an overly generous gift, and the recipiant would probably (read: should) be just as happy with something less expensive. After all, it still should be the thought that counts.
This year, all the gifts I buy are going to come from local merchants, even though I may pay a little more for them. On Black Friday, I plan to sleep in, go for a long run and then curl up with a book and my cat. After that, I'm going to head down to the Rhode Island Statehouse, where there is a coat exchange taking place for most of the day. Please Boycott Black Friday with me, and hopefully retail workers can get their holiday back. There's also a petition at change.org http://www.change.org/petitions/target-take-the-high-road-and-save-thanksgiving asking Target stores to take the high road and save Thanksgiving for everyone.