Last weekend in the UK it was August Bank Holiday and an extended weekend; this weekend it is the turn of our American buddies to enjoy a long weekend.
Labor Day, in the USA, is no doubt a time for relaxation, fun at the beach and more but it will also be a minefield for those living on a tight budget. Labor Day sales may offer some good bargains, even early purchases to stow away for Christmas, but being encouraged to spend is tricky.
It is all too easy to snap up a purchase and regret it later. Special Labor Day deals for software and website extras have been dropping into my email box all week and I am a British person living in Yorkshire. This leaves me wondering what the pressure to spend will be like in the USA.
If you buy something in a sale just because it has a reduced price you run the risk of buying something you neither want or need. The advice is much the same as for the post-Christmas or January sales:
If you are buying for a gift, such as for a Birthday, stay clear of gift sets that scream SALES. If not the recipient will know you bought their gift in the sales and on the cheap.
Stay safe as you shop in the sales. Thieves on the High Street and online will be after your money.
If you are buying food and drink check the use by date on the label.
Make sure that you are safe if you are shopping, as less people may be around.
Try to buy classic timeless items.
Stay clear of clothing that was the latest fashion as it may already be out dated.
Set yourself a spending limit and stick to it.
Shop with a friend or relative. There is safety in numbers and another person may be able to stop you overspending.
If you are unsure about an item do not buy.
Do not use your credit card to shop in the sales unless you have plenty of disposable income. Interest rates could rise at any time. You have been warned.
Labor Day in the USA has been celebrated on September 1 since 1887. It celebrates the old Labor movement and "is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers".
Like Bank Holidays in the UK the roots of these special holiday days are steeped in history. For most people these days that is long forgotten and it is just a welcome day away from work.
In the UK too many workers no longer enjoy Bank Holidays or extra pay for working them as the early principles have entered history. If you spend your long Labor Day weekend shopping consider the workers. Your fun spending means people will be still working.
TechTimes has an interesting report titled "Why do we celebrate Labor Day? Here's what you need to know about the holiday". It is well worth reading; it is also worth remembering those early activists who helped us all get working rights. These are under threat in the 21st Century and should be protected not thrown away lightly.