I can't be the only one who's had enough of the spend fest that's taking place this weekend. Not only has my email inbox been assailed with literally hundreds of exhortations to buy now, save money, spend more and not miss out...but traffic to and from town has been almost at a standstill and the car parks jammed with people looking for a bargain.
We all love a bargain - of course we do. Who wants to pay more than they have to for something they need to replace or which would make life easier? Especially when the bargains on offer are from large companies that we suspect will still happily be making a profit even at 70% off the original price.
But something is surely only a bargain if we needed it in the first place. And we're only saving money if we're buying something that we were going to buy anyway. Black Friday and Cyber Monday present us with so many options and opportunities to throw money at things that we may never have heard of or considered owning, and which may well remain unused or on Ebay in the new year.
Link4Growth is passionate about buying local and supporting small businesses. One of our members (myself in fact!) has written a piece about why this matters and you can read more here
We'd love to hear your comments and feedback - and examples of where we can all #BuyLocal this Christmas.