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Thanksgiving vs. Black Friday

Michael Lux Blog, Student Loans 2 Comments

I’ll admit it.  I’m one of those people who complains about how black friday has become bigger than Thanksgiving, but still reads all the ads looking for the best deals.  I even set alarms on my phone to avoid missing any lighting deals at amazon.

The whole black friday and Thanksgiving conflict is a difficult one for me.  On one hand, I love being able to spend quality time with my family, and I want others to be able to do the same thing.  On the other hand, I love saving money whenever I can.  I feel guilty as a customer if my presence means that more people have to work, but I also feel guilty for spending more than what I should.

To deal with this conflict, I have come up with an idea.  As black friday wraps up, I’m going to shift my focus back to Thanksgiving and the things for which I am thankful.  Instead of black friday creeping into Thanksgiving territory, Thanksgiving will now creep into black friday territory.

I’d like to start by thanking each and every person who takes time out of their day to check out my website.  I sincerely hope that the content is helpful and I really treasure the many thank you emails I receive.  Having the privilege of this site is a true joy.

On the student loan front, I’m very thankful for the federal government’s income based repayment plans, especially the Pay As You Earn plan.  Student loans are a disaster for so many people, but these programs help many, myself included, see a light at the end of the tunnel.

I’m also grateful for the wonderful family and friends that I have in my life.  Nothing beats the feeling you get when you realize that you are loved unconditionally.

I’m thankful for the passion that people share with others.  My favorite part about the internet is the ability to connect with so many people who have unique talents.  It is really inspiring.  Over 6 billion people on the planet, and it seems every day I come across someone else unique and special.

Readers: What are you thankful for?


  • Barb Friedberg

    I’m a bit of a scrooge. I think the whole holiday season is overblown and leads to uneccessary and excess spending.

  • Peter

    It’s funny how we spend some much money for no reason if you think about it. Christmas is not really you’re birthday.