3 Alternatives To Black Friday

For the first time in years, I’m not participating in Black Friday. Instead I’m going to a national park to see some nature and have fun with friends. Since I have never really enjoyed the most crowded shopping day anyway, I’m happy with the change.
Because I usually go shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving, I hold no judgment of those that do. (And there are a lot of them! The stores are expecting 152 million shoppers this year.) However, not only is it politically responsible not to shop on the biggest shopping day of the year, it’s also more pleasant–no crowds, no struggling for parking, no excessive consuming, no headache-inducing lines.
And besides, 90% of the sales will still be there next week anyway.
Here are Three Alternatives to Black Friday:
Buy Nothing Day: This campaign suggests you spend no money on Friday and have fun with your friends and family instead. This year some are calling it “Occupy Black Friday”, saying it’s a way to “stick it to the 1%.” Since the sales after Thanksgiving are carefully monitored by economists, if Buy Nothing Day ever really caught on, it certainly would send a message.
Buy Local Day: If, however, family pressures and a desire to get the Christmas shopping done forces you to go shopping, sticking to locally made gifts is a way to support your community and find unique gifts. In general, I’m thinking of going this route this Christmas.
DIY Presents Day: Instead of buying presents after Thanksgiving, make them. Make the day about creation instead of consumption. Here’s DIY Christmas and DIY Christmas: 34 More Homemade Gift Ideas to get you started.
Do you shop on Black Friday? Why/why not?

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7 thoughts on “3 Alternatives To Black Friday”

  1. I am so dissapointed. I just found your site this morning and was loving it. Then I read your post today and you decided to add politics. “Stick it to the 1%”. Wow, I will never be back. Stick to domestic issues, I don’t want to hear your leftie political views on a home website.

  2. Actually, I was quoting other people’s political opinions while explaining what Buy Nothing Day is about. As I said in the post, my not participating in Black Friday this year largely has to do with thrift and a desire to avoid crowds and hassle. If you don’t agree, that’s fine. As I said in the post I have no judgment about participating in the day. But, even if the post were political, it’s really too bad that you would stop reading this blog just because you found one opinion you disagree with.

  3. Goodness, if I stayed away from sites that had any content I disagreed with, then there would be very little on the internet for me to read!
    I don’t shop on busy days-the Canadian version of Black Friday, or Boxing Day-because I detest crowds. The whole idea of waiting in long, long lines, just to buy *stuff* gives me the heebie jeebies. 😉
    Beyond all that though, I must point out that home economics is becoming political, whether we like it or not. Those of us who are trying to get by in an ever more expensive world are faced with decisions that are political just in buying groceries. Buy local or go for the cheapest on the shelf? Grass fed or feed lots? Organic free range eggs, factory farm eggs, or home raised eggs? See, there is politics in it all, so to walk away from a site that has great tips, based on a perceived political ideal is short sighted.

  4. No, I don’t shop Black Friday. Personally, I hate being in large crowds any day of the year, and with the reports of trampling and other violence taking place, I’m even less inclined to on that particular day. There’s nothing I NEED that badly.
    However, I do love the idea of the Small Business Saturday. I didn’t personally shop on Saturday but like the idea. We try to buy locally when possible anyway, so this would just continue that into our Christmas/birthday shopping this time of year.

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