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Twas the night before Christmas and all through the pad not a blogger was stirring not even Matt Jabs.

The stockings were hung by the monitor with care. In Hopes that Trent Hamm soon would be there.

The Weakonomist was nestled all snug in his chair, while visions of Baker danced in the air.

Mrs. Micah in her kerchief and MLR in his cap had just settled down for a long winter tweetchat.

When down in the blog den there arose such a clatter J. Money sprang from his desk to see what was the matter.

Away to the window he flew like a flash, slipped on velour and fell on his ash.

The moon on the breast of the Squawkfox‘s melons gave the lustre of mid-day to MoneyMonk‘s lemons.

When what to his wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature cooper, and eight tiny reindeer,

with a little old driver, so simple and quick, I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.

More rapid than eagles his bloggers they came, and he whistled and shouted and called them by name;

Now Matt! Now Adam! Now Woj! and Nickel on Claire, on Ray on Laura, and Flexo.

To the depths of the web! to the top of my wall! Now dash away! dash away! dash away all!”

They ran to the militia and signed up in droves. Then over to Wisebread for deals on great robes,

So up to my house-top the bloggerrs they flew, With the sleigh full of answers, and Jeremy too.

And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof Jeff Rose and Kelly both acting aloof.

As I clicked on my keyboard, with a quite pensive frown, through my firewall St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot, and a bible from Bob was tucked in his crook;

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back, And a bottle O whiskey for Cash Money Pat.

His eyes — how they twinkled! his shoes were quite sleek! his gadgets and gizmo’s showed inner geek!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow, cause credit’s not needed for his gifts in tow;

Two lonely dollars he held tight in his teeth, And a bargain shop necklace he wore like a wreath;

He had a broad face and a little round belly, That shook, when he laughed like a bowlful of jelly.

He was lazy but fruGal, a right jolly old ellef, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;

But I was a Samurai who once had been dead, which led me to know I had nothing to dread;

He spoke not a word, but went for broke, And filled Debt Kids stockings; then turned for a smoke,

And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose;

He sprang to his cooper, to his bloggers gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,

Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night.”

–Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays from Suburban Dollar

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I have decided Christmas does some crazy things to people. I am certainly not excluded from this grouping either. Do you remember when the Wii and the Xbox360 hit the shelves and no one could get their hands on one. The things were popping up on eBay and selling like hot cakes for way more than product was worth. This years version of the madness is the Zhu Zhu pet which retails at $8. When I started writing this article you could pick up a Zhu Zhu pet on Amazon for just under $34. That is around a 425% mark up for a furry fake hamster. This has me wondering what exactly a Zhu Zhu pet is. According to Toys R Us

Each Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster has its own unique personality and whimsical sounds! Loving mode: Pet them, love them, hear them squeak and chatter. Explore mode: Let them scoot, scamper, bump and boogie across the floor or through their Hamster Habitat. Collect the whole Hamster-riffic gang and all the Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster accessories to make a Humongous Hamster city!

Sounds like a decent toy for $8, but at $34 you are getting ripped off. I had a real hamster once and it was a rip off too. Like I said in the intro to this post I am just as guilty as everyone else.

Last year for Christmas we wanted to get our son a train set, not like an electric train but one of those wooden jobs you sometimes see in bookstores. We had the one picked out and we decided to wait a little bit to buy it. Well the next time we went to the store they didn’t have any in stock. We checked both stores in our area, plus Atlanta. No dice they were completely sold out. In addition they were sold out online so we couldn’t even go that route. As a last ditch effort we contacted my wifes mother in California who was able to locate the set at a store near her. We agreed to have her purchase the train set and we would pay the cost to ship it out. The train set was around $120, shipping was $150. Go figure we paid twice the price so he would have it on Christmas morning.

This brings us back to the question, How much are you willing to pay to see your child’s face light up on Christmas morning? Apparently I am willing to pay quite a bit but what about you? Are you footing the bill to get a Zhu Zhu pet this year or are you going to wait until the hype dies down?

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I am all for people getting a good deal on things like LCD TV’s, BlueRay players and the like but this black Friday thing is a little insane to me. Every year my wife drags her self out of bed at 3am or earlier and preps for the impending war of the shoppers. Leaving the house she has been out in line for hours to get a hot deal on a TV. Personally I don’t like the hassle of the whole ordeal and would much rather sit at home and pay the extra $100 for whatever it was that got everyone so hot and bothered on the day after Thanksgiving.

Black Friday is notorious for bringing out the crazy’s. You may remember last year there was a stampede at a New York Walmart that left one man dead and a pregnant lady injured. These types of things just further solidfy my stance against this madness that is black friday. The only reason I don’t like black friday is because of the hassle and the crowds. I hate nothing in the world more than crowds of people packed together tightly. It makes me nervous.

There are definitely some good deals out there on this the not so largest shopping day of the year. That is right folks, black friday is not the biggest shopping day of the year. It is hard to believe with the long lines and crazy anticts but the largest shopping day of the year seems to fallĀ  much later than the day after Thanksgiving. The myth busting site has a great table showing the actual largest shopping days from 1993-2002. In each of those years the actual busiest shopping day was around December 20.

If you are planning to brave the masses there are plenty of sites out there now that have posted “leaked” black friday ads. Most notably I tend to check out, my wife recently informed me of which also lists the upcoming deals. Don’t count solely on these ads as things can change before they make it to print. The only way you can be certain of what is on sale is to go out and pick up that 200 lb newspaper on Thursday and browse through the ads.

Are you planning on hitting the sales on Friday? If you are what is the one thing you are hoping to grab at the best deal? I am going to be hanging christmas lights all day so pray I don’t fall off the ladder.

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