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Here's a little something to think about as you sit down with your family today: When you reflect back upon your life, you won't think of the things you had, but the times you had.

There’s no holiday quite like Thanksgiving. It’s the day we all eat too much, fall asleep in front of the TV, enjoy our families, and begin plotting our Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday strategies.

But as we officially start the mad dash toward year-end, do yourself a favor. Take a minute between food, coupons and football to remember what today is really about.

A few years ago at a bloggers conference, I stopped a couple of popular bloggers and asked them for their favorite frugal tips. One in particular I remember well.

It was from Bob Lotich of Christian Personal Finance. What I expected was a tip like, “buy used” or “use coupons.” But what he said was infinitely better:

“We live in a society where there’s so much. There are so many things we have that people didn’t have 100 years ago. We have heat inside of our houses, we don’t have to go out to an outhouse. Things are pretty good now, yet everyone wants to complain about how bad it is. I would just say appreciate what you have and enjoy it.”

Now there’s a great frugal tip: Rather than obsessing about buying things you want, keep your money in your pocket and appreciate the things you already have. That’s something we can all keep in mind as we rush into another frenzied season of shopping.

Material possessions, when it’s all said and done, are vastly overrated. In fact, in the big picture, they’re nearly irrelevant.

Nine years ago today, I was in Atlanta, sitting at my parents’ dining room table, stuffing my face and cracking jokes with my mom, dad, sister, and assorted friends.

Today that house, dining room table and both my parents are gone. They’re only memories. But what awesome memories they are.

My Thanksgiving wish for you is to create as many memories as you can, today and every day. Go ahead, shop till you drop. Have a great time.

Just remember that when you’re on your deathbed, you won’t be remembering the things you had, you’ll be remembering the times you had.

So as often as you possibly can, surround yourself with the people you love and make some memories. You’ll be glad you did.

Got some nice memories of your own to share? Take a minute to comment below or in our Forums. It’s the place where you can speak your mind, explore topics in-depth, and post questions and get answers.

Stacy Johnson

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