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What Recession?

melt-for-waterI did not participate in any of the Black Friday rampages this year. Not just because I didn’t consider it worth my while to wake up before dawn to stand in long lines in the cold, shivering with my eyes set on the prize. Nor was my decision to not shop till I dropped based on the fact that I didn’t wish for the big ticket items at unbeatable prices, because I did.  I didn’t break the bank 11/28/08 because my bank is already cracked and busted, no need to scrape the pennies away. I am one of the people who even though I am surviving I am really feeling the crunch of the high gas prices and all of the other bloated expenses of everyday living. 

I know that many Americans felt that Black Friday gave them the opportunity to get many of the items they planned to purchase for Christmas at extremely low prices, but what about the Recession? You know the Recession that these same people complained about just days before they broke down the doors down at Walmart at 5am on Black Friday. You know, the Recession that has had them borrowing from family members and never paying them back. You know, the Recession that has had them going into the gas station and only purchasing $8 worth of gas for the car in which they are two months behind the payments on…yeah that Recession.

Those people mentioned above, you know the ones who hate that we are going through this Recession; this is how many of them spent their Black Friday

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Doesn’t this huge crowd at Best Buy just scream Recession

I honestly don’t understand the reasoning behind people who are behind on their bills and living paycheck to paycheck participating in shopping sprees. Don’t they remember that they can’t afford to buy new gadgets and doo hickeys? Did they forget that they just said moments before they slipped on their coat and gloves to hit the big sales, that they were dead broke?

I for one have decided that yes I will be celebrating Christmas, but I will in no way be breaking the already crumbling bank. I will be purchasing practical gifts and there will be no overspending. Even though I would like a new spiffy cell phone for myself that may not happen. When I look at my expenses, I will decide if that purchase is one that can be afforded. Along with the cutting of my own personal purchases, I will also be looking at how much money I spend on my kids and other relatives and friends. Don’t get me wrong, they won’t get crappy gifts, but I will be paying close attention to my pocket book. (pocket book, now that’s a throwback word lol) True I could have camped out on Black Friday to ensure that I got the best prices for my money, but I guarantee that most of the people who were out there on their shopping missions spent the money they intended to spend, the money they didn’t intend to spend and the money they claimed they didn’t have (most likely the money they owed friends and family and haven’t paid back)

With people making it rain and money being spent as if the economy is in a fertile and stable state, from the outside looking in we could say “What Recession.” Surely this country isn’t going through a Recession because we have money to burn and gadgets to buy.

I don’t know about everyone else, but I feel the Recession. I am definitely not in “What Recession” mindset.

CNN-  Gifts In A Recession

USA Today- Stocks & the Recession