Valdosta Daily Times


November 24, 2013

Give thanks and shop wisely this week

VALDOSTA — On Wednesday night at my house, it’s time to cook all the dishes that need to go into the oven so that the next day, the turkey has plenty of time to cook. Other than the year I dropped the pumpkin pie on the way to the oven and splashed pumpkin all over everything, mostly myself, I have been fortunate not to have had any holiday cooking disasters.

I enjoy cooking and baking when I can, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas, but I know there are many who don’t want to deal with the time involved, the clean up, etc. For those of you looking for a place to go for Thanksgiving, it used to be that hardly anything other than Waffle House was open, but now, there are so many restaurants open that day that we’ve given up on trying to run a full list because we don’t want to miss anyone.

If you want to eat out on Thursday, you should find out if your favorite restaurant is going to be open and then go and enjoy a great meal without all the mess and fuss. And then once you’re full of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings, you can visit your favorite stores, because again, there are so many opening on Thanksgiving day this year, it’s going to be tough to list them all. Most are opening late in the evening, so you’ve got plenty of time to map out your shopping plan.

I’ve seen people wipe out their entire Christmas list on Black Friday by planning ahead, making a strategy and sticking to their budget. Sounds very practical.

Personally, the other tradition I have is to wait until a week or so before Christmas to start thinking about the holiday and then do most of my shopping last minute. It’s a habit born of necessity due to my crazy work schedule, but it suits me.

No matter whether you are an early-bird shopper or a procrastinator, shop wisely, check the sales flyers in The Times, clip your coupons and take them with you, and manage your budget wisely. But first, take the time to pause and be thankful for the blessings you already have on Thanksgiving Day.

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