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November 28: Black Friday vs. Buy Nothing Day
Posted by Kim McGrigg on 11/24/2008
 
I just learned that Friday, November 28 is not only Black Friday, but it is also Buy Nothing Day. Buy Nothing Day is part of an international movement, publicized by social activists, to encourage consumers to consume less.

For many, shopping on Black Friday is a tradition they are hesitant to give up even though they plan/hope to keep this year?s holiday spending to a minimum. From my conversations with other moms at my kids? school, I get the distinct feeling many of them had shopped on that day for so many years that they weren?t quite sure what else to do with the time. Therefore, I offer 34 alternatives to shopping on Black Friday.

Take a hike, String popcorn, Hang holiday lights, Address holiday cards, Volunteer, Watch movies, Play board games, Go to an indoor swimming pool, Build a puzzle, Go ice skating, Visit a museum, Read, Build a snowman, Take a nap, Make turkey soup, Make a turkey loaf, Make turkey sandwiches, Make turkey chili, Play football, Watch football, Cross country ski, Go sledding, Visit with friends, Visit with family, Go to the park, Walk a dog, Do yoga, Clean up, Knit, Take a bath, Go to the zoo, Paint a picture, Trim a tree, Listen to music


There are enough items on this list to safely get you through Saturday and Sunday too. Remember, shopping should not be considered a hobby or recreational sport.

Have other alternatives to share? Please do!
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