All posts tagged: Intentional Living & Mindfulness

Saying Goodbye to Black Friday and My New Shopping Rules

Today is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. Since the 1930s, this day has traditionally marked the beginning of the Holiday shopping season. It’s popularity comes from the happy coincidence of Thanksgiving being the last major holiday before Christmas and that employers often give workers the Friday after Thanksgiving off as part of a holiday weekend. The name ‘Black Friday’ references stores accounting coming out of the ‘red’ (negative numbers) and into the ‘black’ (positive numbers. (citation needed) It’s a day that retailers employ some of marketing’s best tactics to increase sales: entice with doorbusters to get customers in the door, create a sense of urgency by limiting sales to a single day, and utilize the power of the hype train in all communication channels. Black Friday: Then and Now Over the past decades, the allure and madness of Black Friday has grown. Every year news outlets report on larger and larger crowds pushing, screaming and fighting over limited, out-of-stock or one-time only items. We see viral videos from inside stores …

Let’s Talk About Lifestyle Creep

I recently earned a promotion and raise at my place of employment that will amount to a few hundred dollars extra each month. Given my recent commitment to rapid debt reduction, this is a great boon – but in the spirit of reflection, I have to honor that my previous raises haven’t always been so responsibly allocated. So today – let’s talk about lifestyle creep. Lifestyle Creep in 3 Parts: Coffee, Clothing and Cuisine All it takes is a quick glance at my spending history to identify the common culprits of lifestyle creep. They are also my strongest temptations to spend: coffee, clothing and cuisine. Part 1: Coffee There’s something about coffee that warms my soul. The bitterness of a dark roast served black. The warmth and comfort of my go-to soy macchiato. The time spent with friends over a cup of chai. The triple-shot monstrosity to get me through a Monday. It all adds up to an easy excuse to spend a few bucks here and there – and gets easier to justify when you …