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Black Friday, Fearing for Humanity

Black Friday, the one event of the year where people hailing from the lands of anti-consumerism can rally up and show the world how consumerism has transformed our society for the worse. Except every year, Black Friday is a resounding success for retailers (albeit last year sales were down, so there is hope).  People wake up incredibly early to greedily march into line, in hopes of snatching the last tickle me Elmo, perhaps from the hands of a like minded individual who was 2 seconds faster than you, but you, like a soccer hooligan from the slums of Manchester, your unscrupulous ways allows you to snatch the tickle me Elmo from the clutches of your shopping rival.

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Canada Day, Independence day: An excuse to buy things

July 1st marks Canada day and July 4th marks Independence Day, two holidays that usually involve drinking, celebrating and fireworks.  But it also serves as an opportunity to buy things, or so that is how the bloated mass of merchants want you to do.  I’m on vacation, watching TV, which I wouldn’t do usually, but every 5 minutes of content there is seemingly an equally as long commercial break (Too bad I didn’t have adblock for TV) and these commercials are pushing ‘sales’ and ‘deals’ because the holiday.  I’m sure that George Washington would absolutely love that new ottoman and celebrating the birth of a country should be done so by financing a new truck.

Throwing your money at a new fridge or some other product just because it is the holidays is most likely a poor purchase.  Do you really need these new things? Probably not, celebrate the holidays, have a drink with friends, go out to some of the local attractions, but if you want to be frugal tune out these ads and enjoy the holiday for what it is – not an excuse to buy things. Go out to the local firework showing, the experience will probably be much more enjoyable than the experience of having to pay out every month because you financed a new dishwasher.

Cellphone camera + fireworks = no good

Fireworks, don’t waste your time trying to take a picture of fireworks with a cell phone camera and with a full moon, otherwise you get this. Just enjoy the experience