The Judgment Behind Spend or Don't Spend
Even though Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and all their frugal flip-side days are past us, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Every year I myself juggle my need to find the best deals with the desire to spend locally. Danielle discusses judging people for where they shop and how she plans to spend her money this holiday season in her post.
I won't even pretend that I don't shop at these Big Box Companies. Sometimes, I get caught up on a deal that catches my eye because everywhere else, our little family can't afford the cost of the product. I know that I have fed into the vicious cycle of capitalism and greed over the years, it's simply unavoidable. However, I don't believe that the answer lies in either extreme; Because of the separation in class, we simply cannot do away with stores that allow some families to make ends meet during the other 364 days of the year. Yet, we can't allow the Big Box Companies to continue to feed off of the poor and become richer as they do so.