Hey- I was a good girl this holiday weekend (so far…).
I stayed away from all of the Black Friday/ Thanksgiving Weekend shopping deals!
Kind of like avoiding the extra weight gain this time of year, getting off to a good start on the spending is important.
How much do you think you will spend this year?
I’ve got fewer people to buy for. No more teachers to buy for and a lousy mailman will make it easy for me.
The National Federation of Retailers says (2010 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, conducted by BIGresearch), U.S. consumers plan to spend an average of $688.87 on holiday-related shopping, a slight rise from last year’s $681.83*.
Most holiday gift-givers will spend the largest portion of their budget buying gifts for family ($393.55) and friends ($71.45), though they’ll still carve out room in their budget for small tokens of appreciation for both co-workers ($18.26) and others ($34.82). Total spending on gifts ($518.08) is expected to rise 2.1 percent from last year, which is in line with NRF’s 2010 holiday forecast. Americans will also spend an average of $41.51 on decorations, $26.10 on greeting cards and postage, $86.32 on candy and food, and $16.86 on flowers.
Personally, I find it hard to believe that people only spend $393.55 on family members total. If you have kids you know that’s not possible. NRF says that shoppers say they will compensate by spending less (81.5%), comparison shopping online (30.9%) or with newspapers and circulars (28.1%), shopping for sales (54.1%) or using more coupons (40.6%).
What are we going to buy?
NRF says clothing (48.2%) and books (47.3%) will appear on a majority of wish lists this year, one item will appear more often than a year ago: jewelry. As a potential sign that discretionary gifts may become more popular, 23.0 percent of people will ask for jewelry this year, a significant 10 percent jump from last year’s 20.8 percent. Gift cards will remain the most requested holiday gift this year with 57.0 percent of people asking for plastic.
Where are we shopping?
Popular holiday shopping destinations will include department stores (54.5%), grocery stores (46.7%), the Internet (43.9%) and clothing stores (33.6%).
1. If you could interview anyone on your blog (alive or dead) who would you chose and why?
Duh…Marilyn. I want the scoop about the lovers.
2. What do you feel is your strength as a blogger?
Meme answers. Totally.
3. Can you share a little bit about yourself that you have not already mentioned on your blog?
I could say no.
I’ve been doing a lot of Twitter communication lately. It’s short and sweet.
4. If you were forced to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? Why?
My blog already has 2 domain names. Iamharriet.com and Harrietandfriends.com. What’s left?
5. What do you think is the most fulfilling part of being a blogger?
Getting paid to do memes for people.
6. What would you do with your last day if you found you had only one more day to live?
Click on every ad on my site.
7. You’ve been doing medical research for decades and have finally found a cure. What was it that you found a cure for and why did you choose this particular ailment?
Sobriety (mine). It’s 5:00 on a Saturday.
8. What is your most guilty pleasure?
9. Answer only one. What is your favorite book, movie or TV show?
10. What do you think is the very best smell in the world? The one smell that can take you back to a time and place of a very vivid memory in your past?
The smell of Monday Mayhem. Totally.