Rethinking Black Friday

As I’ve heard about more and more stores opening early, especially on Thanksgiving, for shopping, I took a hard-nosed stance in opposition.

I said it was unfair to employees for cutting into their family time when their wages are already low. And I blasted the rampant consumerism wrapped up in the idea of shopping so early.

Then something interesting happened: I watched two specials where eight extreme couponers shopped last year on Black Friday and I saw something I didn’t expect. I saw 13 friends brave the crowds to bring gifts to needy children. And I started to see good things can be achieved on such a hectic day.

I started to look at my Christmas gift list and budget and thought shopping the really good sales would be a terrific use of money. Isn’t that what stewardship is about? Being responsible with what God has entrusted to us?

Target ad can be found here.

So, regardless of where you fall on the Black Friday shopping debate, I hope we can all find a way to be good stewards of God’s resources! Leave a comment below to weigh in on Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday shopping! And for more money-saving tips, check out my other blog here.


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