As we are all getting over the food coma from last night’s Thanksgiving feast, I wanted to write a few words about Black Friday. As someone who spent over five years working in retail, I have had the “pleasure” of working on this awful shopping day at least five times. I remember all the planning and meetings we’ve had weeks before the ‘Big’ day talking about goals, quotas, merchandising, promotions, etc. All of this taught me the importance of holiday season to retail. Up to 40% of annual profits are made during the holiday season. Shoppers will spend over a trillion dollars this holiday season according to NRF. That’s mind-blowing. That’s enough to put 8.33 million people through all four years of college. Yet we choose to buy a whole bunch of crap that we don’t really need and most likely will never use.
Below is five ways you can spend Black Friday and avoid the shopping frenzy:
Do Green Friday Instead of Black Friday
Instead of fighting mall crowds on Black Friday, head outside for some peace and quiet, as well as quality outdoor time. No purchase necessary to redeem this deal. All parks are free today. Just head to Texas Parks & Wildlife to find a park near you.
Go Through Your Closet And Find Items To Donate
Instead of adding more possessions, use this day to go through the closet and find some items you no longer wear. Donating them to those in need is a great way to free up some space in your house, simplify your life and help someone this holiday season. You can always take them to a Goodwill, Salvation Army or any other non-profit.
Watch Holiday Movies With The Family
Instead of shopping for holiday stuff, get into the holiday spirit by watching some holiday movies with family or friends. Nothing like cuddling up with blankets, hot cocoa, and spending time together watching movies together.
Invite Friends Over For Thanksgiving Leftovers
To me holidays are all about spending quality time with family and friends. Let’s be honest there is no way all of the leftovers will be eaten in time. Instead of wasting food invite some friends over and enjoy a meal together.
While other people are either fighting the crowds at the mall or are still in their turkey coma, let your inner artist come out. Try making something like jewelry, photo magnets, wine bottle vases or anything else you can give away to friends and family for the holidays. My personal favorites are magnets and wine vases. I’m going to try the jewelry this year.
Whatever you do, don’t forget that holidays are to be spent with those you love. Love is not to be bought, and more stuff does not bring more happiness.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!