To all my family and friends, Happy Thanksgiving!
On a day known more for football, parades, and of course indulging in massive amounts of food, with everything that’s happened in this country and around the world, take some time on this day to stop and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.
We are fortunate to live when we do and where we do.
I hope all of you have the opportunity to spend time with those close to you. It’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of all that’s going on around you.
Days like this are perfect for remembering that it’s those special people in your life and spending quality time with them that’s most important.
The Financial Slacker Thanksgiving
In prior years, the Financial Slacker family has fought the crowds traveling on this busiest of travel weekends.
But this year, we are staying home for the holiday. And with no outside activities to pull us away, we’ll be spending the whole day together.
It’s one of the few opportunities we get without the disruptions of everyday life.
We’ll probably mostly stay around the house cooking, eating, and cleaning up. And of course, we will be watching the traditional Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving day football game.
In the past, we have often cooked two turkeys. One in the oven and I would fry a second turkey outside. If you’ve never fried a turkey, you need to give it a try one of these years. It’s a messy process and you need to be careful as the hot oil can catch fire, but it’s hard to beat the end result.
But because we have a small group this year, we’re going casual with just a single bird. Plus with two young puppies running around, we need to do everything we can to keep them away from the counters. They’re just tall enough to reach up and pull things off. Having the turkey torn to shreds by two ravenous dogs would not make for a great Thanksgiving.
Holiday Shopping Season Begins Today
But of course, what would a holiday be if there wasn’t a commercial element attached.
Thanksgiving launches the official start of the holiday season.
And with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday getting plenty of press, there’s no shortage of marketing initiatives designed to take your money.
My guidance is to watch what you spend. If you insist on buying this weekend, do it carefully. Set a budget. And avoid the impulse buy. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of great deals. But do you really need a new computer, television, or even a car?
I decided long ago that I would rather miss out on a lower price during a sale than buy something that I really didn’t need or even want.
I may do a little online shopping this weekend, but you certainly won’t catch me out in those Black Friday crowds.
Quick Update on the Financial Slacker Site
You may have noticed that recently I’ve been a little remiss in consistently posting on the site.
But while I may not have been as active in content creation, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been active in other areas.
I’ve just completed a redesign of the site. I tried not to make too drastic of a change, but the old site didn’t do everything I wanted. While there is still more that I would like to see, I think what we have now works and I’ll probably stick with it for awhile.
I’ve also been working on an ebook. I’m hopeful that I’ll get a version released shortly.
There’s only so much time in the day. But I am looking to start picking up posting activity once again. So be on the lookout.
Thanks for all your support and have a great Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Readers, please tell us about your Thanksgiving plans. Family, friends, food, football? Anything unique that your family does?