Only 52 shopping days until Christmas. We could have sworn Black Friday was just a couple weeks ago. Oh wait. It was. Seems around here stores have been advertising “Black Friday Prices” for their weekend sales for the past month or so. Weekend sales, actually one day sales (with an extra preview day and sometimes an extra wrap-up day) are sweeping the country. Everything is cheaper on Saturday. It makes one wonder what those poor schmucks who work the weekend have to pay when they go shopping on Tuesday.
Tuesday has to be the pits, shopping wise. We know about the weekend sales (actually one day sales on Saturday with an extra preview day on Friday and sometimes an extra wrap-up day on Sunday). We know that on Monday there will be unadvertised specials to get rid of the “special purchases” brought in just for the more unsuccessful weekend sales. Thursday is the day the buyers set out the stuff that will be on sale on the upcoming weekend sales and there will always be new discounts for the shopper willing to use his or her store credit card to reap those extra savings on this extra savings day. Wednesday is the day that the grocery stores end their weekly specials so everybody is there picking up the items they said they would go back and get before the sale ended. That leaves Tuesday as the only day that a retail store actually sells stuff at the full retail price. Assuming that somebody actually goes shopping on Tuesday – Stoopid Tuesday.
But things will be a little bit better now that there are only 52 shopping days until Christmas. Just in yesterday’s paper there were advertising supplements for trees, ornaments, lights, toys, and camping gear with their advertised prices good all week long. But the ads for clothes, shoes, scarves, hats, gloves, outerwear, and underwear were noticeably missing having come out on Thursday for their usual weekend sales (actually one day sales on Saturday with an extra preview day Friday). You can get a great deal on a crossbow this Tuesday but forget about finding any deals on a new winter coat until later in the week.
We hope you don’t have to work weekends so you too can take full advantage of the amazing “Black Friday Prices” at this week’s weekend sales (you know, the one day sales on Saturday with an extra preview day Friday) without the annoying wait for Black Friday. But if you have to work this weekend remember, there are only 8 Stoopid Tuesday shopping days until Christmas. That leaves you with 44 other days for the good stuff. You’ll be fine.
Now that’s what we think. Really. How ‘bout you.