Save or Shop?
They're telling us to spend, spend, spend. The government -- and of course retailers -- want us to blow any tax refund and economic stimulus checks we get. Hey, you don't have to tell me twice. My favorite verb is "spend."
But as much as I would love to run to the mall and go wild with the extra cash, my wise husband is making us save the money. Booorrrring! What I'd really like to do is follow the advice of Fortune magazine's Stanley Bing, who in March told his blog readers to "go down to your local retail store and pump some cash back into our mutual economic system." He tells us to buy our mulch at the local mom and pop even though it may be less convenient and more expensive than the big box stores. I fully agree. I'm so there Bing. But oh... I forgot. I'm saving the money. Sorry, Bing. You go on without me.
Bing is not the only one calling out to me. Have you seen how many sales are going on? Seems like every day I get at least five e-mails from retailers talking about discounts and free shipping and such. Old Navy sent me a medium-sized plastic bag in the mail and told me I could stuff it with as much of their merchandise as I wanted and they'd give me 20 percent off. Of course, I have to use my Old Navy card but that's still a good deal. I can stuff with the best of them. Oh yeah... I'm saving the money. Sorry, Old Navy. I'll be using your bag for my recycling instead.
Even Don Shula wants us to spend our checks. How can you argue with Don Shula? Shula's, his steakhouse in Tysons Corner, is offering drink and food specials starting today and for the next month when economic stimulus checks start to hit the mail. You can celebrate with the More For Me Mojito or brood over owing money with the Death & Taxes Martini. Both drinks are going for $7. I'm on my way, Don. Save me a seat at the... oops. Nevermind. I'm actually heading to the bank to deposit my checks. Maybe another time.
What's that, Home Depot? You have the refrigerator I've coveted for the last two years on sale? The stainless steel one with french doors and a freezer drawer down below? Finally I'll be able to fit a week's worth of groceries in my fridge. I'm on my way. Just let me find my checkbo... oops. I spoke too soon. Maybe next year. Apparently I'm saving my money these days.
Can you tell I'm not happy about saving my economic stimulus check? I love to spend, hence the shopping blog. So what are you doing with your refund and economic stimulus check, assuming you're getting them? If you're spending the money, what will you buy? If you're saving it, why? Post a comment below.
On a different note, here's a question for those you who venture out to malls with children. What are the best kid-friendly malls in the area? Some offer entertainment for the kids and others set up fun play areas. Where do you go when you have to shop with kids in tow? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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