Today was the largest shopping day of the year. I read in the paper how people were finally spending more on Black Friday again. Many that were cutting back due to the economy, were going back to their old spending habits. I am always shocked at how much people buy. I went up to the store with my mother and sister to keep them company while they waited to get those great sales. my mother kept asking me if I needed any games for Christmas or jeans, etc. She had given us money for Christmas so that we could get those items now. I explained that the they don't put the items I want on sale. I wanted duct tape, spackle, socks, and underwear. I did buy a few Christmas items, I was feeling the pressure. Charles and Alex got a new jacket for the house or to wear under their coats and a pack of socks each. Danny got a sheet to go on his new bed that will arrive next week and a space heater. His new bed is larger, so a starter sheet is needed and he had said he wanted a space heater, his bed is in the basement. I gave them their gifts right away. Charles reaction was, "yea! socks,I need those." Alex has been cuddling in her soft jacket.

Yes they think they need games, but they don't play the ones they have. Thankfully, they have learned to take joy in having those things they need. They will get a few more items and we are planning to get away after the holidays and the busy work schedule. Just quality family time and good food.

When we were involved with Operation Threshold I was going back to school and basically living off assistance. My worker warned me about those predatory loan places and I let her know that I don't go to them. I'm not a big fan on credit. She was surprised, she said that I had nice things compared to some of her clients. The difference is, I pay cash for what I have. I also only buy what I love or need. I don't smoke and rarely drink. I try to prioritize my wants. I often fall short, but I must be succeeding more than not. Now if I could only pay off my debt and clean up my credit, because there is one type of loan I believe in, a mortgage.

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