Around the time you sit down to dig into some turkey on Thanksgiving, many mass retailers will already be open. In past years, 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving became the new midnight. This year, 6 p.m. will be the opening time for many major stores.

So, yes, you can shop on Thanksgiving. But don’t. Eat turkey, watch sports, and annoy your family. Don’t go shopping on Black Friday, either. Eat leftovers, watch sports, and be annoyed by your family. Don’t even go over the weekend. The money that you save on those days isn’t worth the grief—stores literally create anxiety-ridden situations so that you’ll shop like a scared rat. A number of studies have shown that most of the bargains aren’t even bargains at all…