by Gina Welborn
I am a shopaholic.
Really, I am, and I'm not to proud of it. Superman has his kryptonite. I have credit cards. Not to mention I can't balance a budget (or checkbook) to save my life. Why does "round up" not make sense?
Sing with me (cue the Beetles' music): "They say I'm a shopaholic, but I'm not the only one."
The Christmas Mouse in August, and yes, yes, yes, I bought something. Does it make me look better if I confess what I bought was on sale? Eh. Thought I'd try at least.
Did you know there are 13 to 20 shopping seasons? Here's a few, not including prominent holidays such as Valenties, St. Patrick's, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
|At some point, hanging in there|
just makes you look like
an even bigger loser.
January/February :: The Big Game where at Sam's Club grills, TVs, and barbecue-friendly foods are featured.
April :: Lowe's, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and others are sure to remind you about "Lawn and Garden" month.
May/June :: Did you know tissue sales usually drop in the summer. Thus, Kleenex came out with ice-cream-themed boxes. After all, who doesn't need a kleenex with her ice cream? Truly a timely innovation.
July/August :: You don't even have to have kids to know this season's focus -- BACK TO SCHOOL!
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Why all these seasons? To get people to buy impulsively,impulsive shopping is just not done as much anymore. Thus we're seeing more special displays, seasonal colors, and end-caps with everything you need for a meal in one spot.
And that makes me just plain tired of shopping. My husband is thrilled.
QUESTION OF THE DAY :: What steps have you taken to lesson the contast product-placement bombardment? Shops less places? Give yourself a time limit to shop? Make a list and stick only to it?
NON-SERIOUS QUESTION OF THE DAY :: Seriously, we need a new shopping season! Something that will cause vast hordes of people to buy ______. And we can call it ______.
GINA WELBORN worked in news radio scripting copy until she took up writing romances. She is a 2009 ACFW GENESIS historical romance finalist and a 2007 RWA GOLDEN HEART® inspirational finalist. As a member of RWA and ACFW, she’s an active contest judge and coordinator. This Oklahoma-raised girl now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her youth-pastor husband, their five Okie-Hokie children, and a Sharpador Retriever who doesn’t retrieve much of anything. Her first novella, “Sugarplum Hearts,” part of the HIGHLAND CROSSINGS anthology, will be released by Barbour in January 2012.