I considered joining in a movement called Buy Nothing Day, in which you pledge not to buy anything today, "Black Friday," the busiest shopping day of the year.
But those sales ads got to me. I swear, at Macy's they seemed to be practically GIVING stuff away!
So today - even though I'm not really big on shopping - I braved the crowds to start my Christmas shopping. I hit two malls and Target.
Surprisingly, I found parking easily and really didn't encounter that huge of crowds. Of course, the sales didn't strike me as all that spectacular, either...I think you had to get up at 5 a.m. to catch the early-bird sales to get the big deals.
Ah, well, I may not have struck a blow for anti-consumerism, but I did spend $12, thus supporting the economy.