So how did my boycott go?

Remember back before Thanksgiving I had my knickers in a twist over the fact that so many retail stores were opening on Thanksgiving, hence forcing their employees to work rather than spent time with their families?  I realized there was not much I could do to change this trend but I opted to stand up for my principles and boycott all these stores during the holiday selling season - Thanksgiving through Christmas.

As it is now two days before Christmas and my shopping is done and I have no plans to buy anything else, I think I am safe to write an update post on how my boycott went.  The short answer is it went very well and and actually saved me a lot of money!  But more importantly, I took a stand on something that I felt strongly about.  And that always feels good!

There is a certain large chain that starts with a "W" ends in "mart" and has a blue logo that was especially hard for me to avoid, as I tend to shop there a lot.  A LOT!  But I found with a little research I was able to get everything I needed at other stores, many of them locally owned (an added bonus!).  Yes, sometimes I had to pay more for an item but I still managed to save money because when I go into the "big W" store I always end up spending 2-3x what I initially intended due to all the impulse items that somehow find their way into my cart.  With the smaller stores I avoided all the impulse buys and came away with more money in my pocket, overall.

When it came to clothes shopping, avoiding the big retailers like Walmart, Macy's, Old Navy, and others wasn't as difficult as I feared it would be.  Again, previously unknown local shops proved to be a great source for unique clothing items for me and for gifts for others.  I also found a lot of great buys online.  With the internet, you can find just about any kind of clothing item you need - trendy styles, coats, plus size clothes, petite sizes, kids clothing, etc.

Did my shopping boycott do any good?  Likely no.  I am sure stores will be opened again next year on Thanksgiving.  But it made me feel better and I saved money in the process so I might just make this an annual holiday tradition.

Did you do a lot of Christmas shopping at big-name chain establishments?  Did you boycott any stores due to making their employees work on Thanksgiving or other holidays?  

And since I likely won't be posting again until after Christmas, from my family to yours - MERRY CHRISTMAS!


Leonard @ The Wallet Doctor said...

I agree with that having employees work Thanksgiving was not the most fair solution. Glad to hear that you ended up saving a lot of money. Probably saved some mental anguish as well since you didn't need to fight the hordes of people that came out for the sales. Thanks for the update.

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