Top 5 Biggest Holiday Spending Sprees


There is nothing more American than spending the money that could support a Congolese family for a year on a bunch of crap that we don’t need.  Like those candy hearts for Valentines Day, you know the ones that taste like a mix of bone meal and shattered dreams?  Nothing says America like spending money on something no one wants, needs or (dear God) consumes all in the name of a holiday almost completely manufactured by corporations.  But it makes us feel good, and especially in these trying economic times, its nice to remind ourselves that the electric bill can go to hell, we’re going to buy some pine-tree branches and expensive electronics!  This is America, dammit!  And when we spend on Holidays, holy hell do we spend big. 
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