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?