Now that bullshit is out of the way, let's talk about Christmas. Mainly, saving money at Christmas, with a few top tips which I am going to make up as I go along.
Tip no 2. As with most targeted products, avoid product with 'Christmas' on it, as they are invariably overpriced. This is the same with weddings too, but you can try telling your future wife that and see how she responds. But they always churn out lots of Christmas crap in the food section; I saw a 'Christmas Tex Mex' collection today in the Co-Op. Often with 'half price' stickers on, which is suspect as they are only available at Christmas. That said, after Christmas this crap normally gets a proper discount, good for cheeses or chutneys etc. So hold tight and buy your normal cheese, or eat your mum's.
Tip no 3. Why are you going to the shopping centre? Seriously, I popped into town the other day to spend vouchers and it was mental. I mean, Amazon exists, it's been around for 20 years, plus it's cold. I guess people like getting ideas from shops, but that's what adverts are for - combine that with a laptop and you can get your shopping done in 25 minutes or so. Got no ideas? Watch more TV for Jesus' birthday's sake, marketing people are professionals and Christmas is their time to shine (along with Saturday morning for corrupting children), so trust them.
Tip no 4. Christmas is usually pretty cold, definitely in the countries that matter*. So wear some sensible shoes. Nothing pisses me off more then people wearing pissing Converse shoes out of season. It is one thing that you want feel the need to fit in with that particular group of people enough that you own them initially; that is your choice and I hope it comes off and you get the acceptance you crave. BUT they are just thin cloth shoes (albeit in a funky colour), and are not suitable for winter. They were wearing better shoes in the Dark Ages, I doubt the wandering hobos of the Victorian era were begging to get some pink rubber soled cloth lace ups with a sticker on them, their feet would freeze to death/off. Okay, you live in a Western society and you never really have to worry or take responsibility for yourself in any real way, but it is a stupid childish indulgence. Get something warm on your feet and grow the fuck up.
THAT IS ALL.
* Note from the BINORACLE: here, BINBOY is taking a swipe at my Australian heritage and claimed in the original that I "got burned", which is true; the gorgeous, warm, inviting Australian summer does put you at risk of getting burned, and it has indeed burned me in the past.
BINBOY'S WHAT NOT TO BUY
I may talk about Apple products in more detail another time. But for now, just keep your dick in your pants and don't waste your money on any right this moment. We are in a recession for crying out loud. If you are really creative, you can't afford it. If you think you are creative, this won't help. If you are just someone with no clue, get a clue and spend less. If you are rich and just want to be seen to have a premium product, be aware that hippies own them.