who says they have financial crisis? everyone was still preparing!

new year spread - this was during new year's eve with my family.
@jazel_juan (15767)
Philippines
December 31, 2011 9:15pm CST
for the new year's eve. When i was at the grocery - people are jampacked! the place was flowing with people... the line to the cashier felt like eternity. Good thing i did some groceries ahead of time..i was at the groceries buying stuff i forgot lol.. And people claim they have no money and is having financial crisis lol But i have seen - philippines that is.. that people still celebrate the New Year's Eve as grand as they could. I guess because we have traditions, beliefs to follow. I celebrated because i want to enter new year with a bang and a blast. 2012 they say will be the end of humanity or the Mayans claim so..but what the heck - be it the end or not, i will make this the best year :)
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@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
29 Sep 12
Even if my answer is late, i can relate on this jazel. People even if they say that they don't have much money would always buy something to prepare on new Year. Not only on New Year , but also Christmas and when it's fiesta in their place. Well, that is our tradition indeed, but if you cannot afford it, why not just go to your in-laws , bring something and there spend the New Year.
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@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
2 Oct 12
i see you did go back to my old discussions, thank you for that simplyd, well this is nearly 10 months now and it is christmas time again and i know some are already preparing for it.. i am even waiting for when is the announcement of the christmas bonuses!
@SIMPLYD (86520)
• Philippines
2 Oct 12
Yeah, i have to go back to old discussions jazel, because it seems i am running out of nice discussions to respond to. And going back to older discussions of my friends here make me know them a lot more. I have only responded to some of yours and two more. There are a lot more friends whose discussions i have to go back. Oh yes, Christmas is already fast approaching. Thinking of the 13th month indeed excites us. However, thinking of how much we do need to actually be able to give gifts, oh my, it's overwhelming.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
1 Jan 12
Hi Jazel, Im in the States and I've noticed it here too. I think people are using credit cards and others skip some of their bills and even let rent get behind. Others have government help and still others...i really don't know how they do. Maybe the crisis just didn't hit some as hard as others.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
or they just want to celebrate the way others are celebrating.. not thinking if it fits the budget.
@sid556 (31003)
• United States
3 Jan 12
Ya...or that!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
1 Jan 12
Well, could be they were just doing their weekly grocery shopping and on this day to get the daily sales due to the holiday. Holiday time is often the best time to shop for groceries for stocking up purposes. Get it while it is cheap. And..New years is a holiday people have parties for...nothing again until valentines day and then Easter...so maybe it is just the last party nite for awhile. I have seen long lines in stores, but not as many people and think, "i got her at a good time..everyone is checking out. They'll be gone by the time I check out and the line won't be as long"....alas...the lines were only long because there was only 2-3 registers open! All these people in the store, and they only open 2-3 registers and the lines are circling around the store!! Open more checkers! But of course, they'd have to hire people and they don't want to do that....especially if it is just to make their customers happy and have a pleasant shopping time and willing to come back again! And of course...each line has a problem person....debit card isn't accepted, credit card over limit etc. And yeah, people are using what little credit card ability they have. I hear the banks are trying to get rid of debit cards as they are not only not making any money off a debit card but it is costing them every time a debit card is used and they have not had any luck passing that on to the card member..so if they do credit cards....all is solved!
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
I really do not think they were just weekly shopping.. FIlipinos are really known for being so extravagant on occasions such as this and end up with nothing after that! lol.. but its one habit hard to break!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
3 Jan 12
I didn't have much to spend this year and did half of it online for that exact reason. but still...in going out during the holiday shopping time...still...the lines were long because there was only a hand full of check stands open. I mean like Target....has like 15 check stands but only 4 open and the lines were 20 people deep! I saw this, and left my cart stand and walked out the door.
• India
1 Jan 12
You have right attitude,yes people all over the world are celebrating and hoping that this new year will bring the change in world economy.You may have seen people celebrating,at the same time they know their economic limits.I dont belive that this beautiful world is going to destroy completely.We should think about those things and let the Nature god decide.You have the point,be it end or not just celebrate your life and feel the pain and enjoy your life.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
Indeed this world is beautiful, i also do not want it to end.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
1 Jan 12
Well, whether the Mayan prediction might come true or not, we still want to make the best of our lives, whether it is the end of the world, or the financial crisis year, we still have to live on. We would just have to create the best for our generation, and everyone else. Thanks for 2012.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
Interesting year - 2012.
@Queen_11 (308)
• Philippines
1 Jan 12
It is a good thing to celebrate but we should make sure that our budget for it did not come from any loan or credit card. What is the logic of welcoming the new year and its supposed good luck when in the start of 2012, we already have debts to worry about? We should spend within our means no matter what the occasion is. Only God knows when the world will end and how it will end. I'll not worry about it that much :)
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
but there are really people in debt huh? I am avoiding all kinds of debt right now.. good thing we had christmas bonus to help fund the celebration!
@GardenGerty (105378)
• United States
1 Jan 12
Yes, people who have no money or say they have no money still will buy certain things. I hope we all make this the best year.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
I do hope this will be everyone's best year...this will really be in interesting year.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
1 Jan 12
I think people will splurge on special occasions even if they do not really have the money for it. It's nice to celebrate and it can be comforting to maintain traditions.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
Yeah, it is one habit hard to break... i even said i would not be having that much but its hard when everyone is so excited and have that festive feeling!
@tiina05 (2319)
• Philippines
1 Jan 12
hello, Yeah, I also noticed that. They said that they are experiencing financial crisis but they still look so prepared for the new year. ha ha my mom prepared foods which we can share and exchange to other neighbor. In that way less cost because we have different prepared dishes. Cheers! Though they said this is the end of the world, maybe we can still make this as the best year ever.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
3 Jan 12
We also prepared and gave neighbors too.. its just that time of the year that you really also must share and give. We have neighbors who barely have anything..so we did share it and it is a nice feeling we were able to give.
@asliah (11148)
• Philippines
18 Sep 12
hi, my response is really late for this topic,but still i observed that too even in my neighbor and to my friends,they always say that they have some financial difficulties but when the celebration is there they still prepare,i think it because this is our really culture we practiced.
• United States
3 Jan 12
I like hearing that there are people out there having a good time and doing fun things for the holidays. The unemployment rate in my city is over 10 percent so the economy can't be well but I'm glad to hear that people are still spending money and treating themselves and their families. I've heard about the end of the world bit too. I'm not going to waste away my life savings but I'm still a little worried which I hope doesn't make me a little crazy. Happy mylotting.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
3 Jan 12
Hi Jazel, wish you have a very happy new year celebration. As for me here, i don't really spend much into this recent new year celebration. I am trying my best only to spend within my means. I try not to overspend and put my whole family into debt. It is not a good practice to be in debt just for the fun. It is always better to be in good budget, whenever we are in what situation. Happy new year to you and family...
• Indonesia
1 Jan 12
The same here in Indonesia, everyone said that they do not have money. But they burn money just to going around using motorcycle. Why don't they just reflect to what they did last year and pray for better thing for next year. I wish that next year they do not do the same.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
1 Jan 12
Even how though how tough life can be, during this festive seasons people still get to celebrate it especially us Filipinos. It has been a tradition to us. After all the celebrations, we are all in debt. That is part of life and the reality.
• India
1 Jan 12
yes, even i to thing the same way, peoples have make excuses that they are suffering from financial crises at this time, while when its comes to throwing grands parties on the occassion they usually come up with the lots of expenses. i don not understands at the time of partying harder they are not suffering from financial crises.