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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

7 Ways to Do Black Friday

Thankfully, more and more retailers are starting to make big statements about not opening for early shopping on Thanksgiving night. Unfortunately many retailers aren't there yet and many people have to go to work after they eat Thanksgiving dinner. Black Friday still means long lines, early openings, and people generally acting kinda crazy and rude. I mean, how do we go from a day of gratitude to a day of "I'll punch someone to get a slightly discounted toy for my kid" so quickly?! Instead of feeding into that, I like to stay home and decorate for Christmas, though I already did that this year, and spend time with my loved ones.

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Here's some things to do this Friday instead:
  1. Instead of Black Friday shopping, take part in Buy Nothing Day. How do you participate? Simple: buy nothing on Black Friday. 
  2. If you do shop, shop at locally owned stores. It's a great and easy way to give back to your neighbors and your community. Etsy even has an option to find local events or locally-based stores. Which brings me to...
  3. Support a small online shop, like ones on Etsy, Society6, Redbubble, Storenvy, etc. There are so many amazing creators on those sites with great products to choose from.
  4. Donate to charity, even if it's just a couple dollars. This year, with certain upcoming events, I'm making it a point to donate to environmental, pro-immigrant, LGBTQ, and women's health organizations. 
  5. Donate to a GoFundMe or similar. I see GoFundMe pages floating around Twitter and Facebook all the time, usually for someone's crushing medical expenses or surgery for a pet. Even if you don't know the person who needs help, it would mean so much to them to receive a small donation from you. 
  6. Support your favorite creator. Many YouTubers, bloggers, etc. have Patreon accounts or some other way to just give them a little tip, whether it be one-time or recurring. You could also buy an album from a band you love, whether they're on iTunes or Bandcamp. If you really love what a certain person is making and you have the means to support them, consider throwing a dollar or two their way. If you can't donate, simply "like" their Facebook page or share their content. 
  7. Take some time to think. Sure, I love getting presents and I love covering my house in sparkly decorations but when it comes down to it, the holiday season needs to be about the warm fuzzy feelings above everything else. Humans produce insane amounts of garbage, spend ridiculous amounts of money, and generally go a little bonkers this time of year. Take some time for yourself to relax, reflect on what Christmas means to you or what you would like it to mean, and figure out ways to do Christmas better. 
How do you spend Black Friday? 
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