Happy Thanksgiving from Spend Matters

Spend Matters is taking the day off in observance of Thanksgiving. For our readers not in the US, however, never fear! Like defrosting an enormous turkey, we’ve made preparations in advance. Look out for a few posts from us and guest contributors today and tomorrow, and check out our posts from Thanksgiving holidays of years past.

With that, a very happy Thanksgiving from Spend Matters! Please take precautions if you go outside on Black Friday. We shall be back in December.

Giving Thanks for Such a Great (Albeit Imperfect) Place to Live

“Despite all the cynicism and bellyaching we often hear from all of the political, socioeconomic and ethnic aisles that make up this unique experiment, the United States of America is an extraordinary country and darn good place to live. Nothing reminded me more of this than the time when one of our colleagues, who lives in China, first ventured to Chicago’s Chinatown and read a number of “dissident” Taiwanese papers available in the many markets. He expressed shock that “they could print such lies and rubbish.” But the next time he visited Chicago less than a year later, he was actively seeking out the very same papers and told us his eyes had been widened to what freedom of speech actually meant.”

Spend Management: Thanksgiving Style

“Even that Whole Foods $100 turkey is a genetically modified bird. It even needs to be artificially inseminated (the male turkey breast is now too large to enable, well, the bird “act”). Its feathers along with numerous other features have also been adjusted by humans over the years. So how organic is organic? Or is the better question, have we succeeded in making the inorganic organic?”

Thanksgiving Well-Wishes: Don’t Make Your Turkey a Family Loss Leader

“At a Forrester event in Chicago a couple weeks back, some analysts told me that the actual price of turkey on a per pound basis during the Thanksgiving season has to be one of the most carefully guarded secrets in retail. Get the price too high and you’re stuck with fewer consumers walking in the doors (and potentially a whole lot of extra birds on your hands). Get it too low, and you’ll be out of stock within hours or days without the ability to reorder what you need.”

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