Tag Archive | spending

Now Trending on Facebook: Shopping on Thanksgiving?

One of the biggest stories this week on our Facebook page was the debate over whether it’s OK for stores to open on Thanksgiving in preparation for Black Friday.

With stores opening earlier than ever, people are talking about it – and there’s strong feelings on both sides.

(Look, personally, I’ll be shopping either way …. I’m poor and Black Friday is my favorite holiday of the year.)

Here’s what our Facebook friends had to say on this topic, which seems to stir a lot of emotion:

  • Brandi Reinhardt “No, it is not ok. Family is too much forgotten by employers due to greed. While some may be enjoying their Thanksgiving meal, others will be working their tails off for long hours and little pay and they have no choice. All in the name of corporate greed.”
  • Michael Doyne “It’s funny how the same people who say it’s greed that keeps business’ open on the holidays are the same ones who’ll complain when they can’t get something they need on a holiday. Retails job is to make money, if people don’t support them staying open they wouldn’t be. If you don’t like working holidays, find a job that is closed then. If you want to spend time with your family, do so. Nobody is making you go shopping on a holiday.”
  • Jeremy Brooks “Ok I understand about spending time with families on thanksgiving but what about people who like me work in the healthcare field and have to work holidays? Yes it’s my choice to work in that field so I accept the responsibility of working holidays so why can’t retail? I don’t get to spend Christmas morning with my kids because I have to work and you don’t hear me whining about it I do what I have to to earn a paycheck to support my children”
  • Jason Peterman “Ultimately we control the market. If we don’t shop at their stores they will rethink their position next year. If we do shop then it will only get more and more companies on board with the idea. Bottom line is retail is gonna give consumers what they want. Two options are don’t work in retail or don’t shop on holidays if u don’t like it and if u do then go out and spend your pants off or get a job in retail and enjoy the holiday pay!”

What do you think? Is it OK to have stores open on Thanksgiving?

Do you know where your money goes?

With the Conneticut school shooting, one thing that seems to stick out is a focus on where our money is going.

People don’t want to be seen as supporting assault weapons and are moving their money out of companies associated with them.

But it’s not just investment money. Earlier this year, people were ceasing patronizing Chick-fil-A after controversial remarks by the company’s president.

So my question is: how much do you know about where your money goes? Do you track it?

Vote in my poll below or let me know in the comments!

Powerball jackpot: What would you buy?

The Powerball jackpot is up to $500 million for tonight’s drawing.

No matter whether you buy a ticket or not, everybody that hears that just stops and wonders: what would I do with that kind of money?

Here at the Daily Item, there’s an office pool and we’re dreaming big!

Here’s my list:

  • Pay off my student loans, plus my older sister’s and my boyfriend’s.
  • Buy a car that is less than 10 years old. I’ve never had one of those.
  • Start a college fund for my younger sister.
  • Buy a 3-D television
  • Splurge on something. I don’t know what yet, but then again, I’ve never been able to walk into a store and buy everything.

It’s a list of things I dream of being able to afford, but likely never will.

What would you do if you hit the jackpot? What would you buy?

And check out fellow reporter Rick Dande’s lottery blog, Lottery Moments, full of stories about winners, odds and more!