As it turned out, we eschewed all sales on Friday and throughout the weekend, and we ended up finally taking a trunk full of clothes and other household items (old wedding presents that we've never used, for example) to donate on Saturday. It was nice to clear out some of our stuff and to not add to our possessions! To be honest, we did not do either one deliberately, it just turned out that way, but avoiding the sales did seem like the sane and rational option to both of us.
I have yet to take the pledge, hypocrite that I am, and we're hardly purists when it comes to consumerism. But it does seem that we're downsizing this year in terms of Christmas for other people and birthdays for each other (we stopped giving Christmas presents to each other when we got married). Downsizing, at least, in terms of "stuff". We have plenty of activities planned, and we'll certain enjoy these experiences which are not exactly cheap, but no stuff. We would like to buy new bike shoes and pedal systems at some point within the next two months, but I'm hoping that will be the extent of my personal shopping for a while! I've also resisted signing up for a bunch of races, despite all of the deals that have cluttered my inbox in recent days. Although they seem so appealing (and the prices are right in many cases), I'd like to be thoughtful rather than randomly signing up for a race just because it seems like a bargain.
So, here's to a little less consuming this holiday season?!