I know that I am a day early on this. However, today my family is celebrating Thanksgiving. I work at Walmart and our "Black Friday sale" starts on Thanksgiving night now. Even when "Black Friday" was on Friday I still worked on Thanksgiving Day. It's nothing new to me. I've seen a lot of people post or comment that they feel retailers shouldn't be open on Thanksgiving. Whether they act according to how they feel, I don't know. I do know that there is a large pool of people that are glad that retailers are open on Thanksgiving, because they shop on Thanksgiving.
I am Thankful that I have a job that pays me well so that I can take care of my family, that I am also thankful for. I am thankful that my job provides so many great benefits beyond the paycheck. One such benefit Walmart is providing this year is a "25% percent off an entire purchase" voucher for every associate that works Thanksgiving Day during the Black Friday Sale. My family has been saving in our grocery budget so that we could use this discount to stock up on 2-3 months of groceries. So, just for working on Thanksgiving Day, as I have been for many years, we will be easily saving $300-$500 on food and gifts when I redeem that voucher. Some of you might be thinking that replacing money for family memories isn't right, I don't either. That's why my wife and I pick a different day to have our family Thanksgiving Day. We spend time together and build memories, just because it is on a different day doesn't make it any less special.