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by sitecore\kmcgrigg on November 22, 2010
For many, shopping on Black Friday is as much of a tradition as having turkey on Thanksgiving.  In fact, according to the National Retail Federation, 138 million consumers are planning to head to the stores this Black Friday weekend

Being a bit crowd-adverse, I'm not a big fan of shopping on Black Friday, so I started asking people about their weekend shopping plans. I was surprised how many people said that shopping on the day after Thanksgiving is a tradition they are hesitant to give up even though they plan/hope to keep this year’s holiday spending to a minimum. I got 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 33 alternatives to shopping on Black Friday.

  1. Take a hike
  2. String popcorn
  3. Hang holiday lights
  4. Address holiday cards
  5. Volunteer
  6. Watch movies
  7. Play board games
  8. Build a puzzle
  9. Go ice skating
  10. Visit a museum
  11. Read
  12. Build a snowman
  13. Take a nap
  14. Make turkey soup
  15. Make a turkey loaf
  16. Make turkey sandwiches
  17. Make turkey chili
  18. Play football
  19. Watch football
  20. Cross country ski
  21. Go sledding
  22. Visit with friends
  23. Visit with family
  24. Go to the park
  25. Go to an indoor swimming pool
  26. Walk a dog
  27. Do yoga
  28. Clean up
  29. Knit
  30. Go to the zoo
  31. Paint a picture
  32. Trim a tree
  33. Listen to holiday music

There are enough items on this list to safely get you through Sunday!  If you find yourself longing for the mall, try to remember that shopping should not be considered a hobby or recreational sport. 

If you have other ideas for alternative Black Friday activities, please share them!   And if you do choose to shop on Black Friday, it’s always smart to arm yourself with timely shopping tips.


Anonymous says:
November 23, 2010

Great ideas. I'm not shopping either!!

Anonymous says:
November 26, 2010

Volunteer to work the day after Thanksgiving, so that you are actually making money instead of spending money and have a good excuse not to go shopping.

Darlene says:
November 25, 2010

I have found online gaming with friends to be an uber-cheap form of entertainment ($14/month - Ultima Online). So whenever there are activities that might tempt me to spend money I don't have, I instead turn to my game. We use a skype type application (free) so we actually can talk to each other and hear each other while we play, and we might have as many as 20 people playing together. The time flies past - and so do the temptations!

Debt Guy says:
November 23, 2010

All these activities are good suggestions. The only problem is, there are REALLY good deals to be had on Black Friday. Now, having said that, I'll be working on Friday so I won't have to overcome the temptation to shop. But it would be nice to save a little on some early Christmas gift shopping. I'm glad I can spend a little these days after having extricated myself from debt. Come visit me on my blog and see how.

Joan Stevenson says:
November 25, 2010

Good ideas, all. I will be going to the local Farmers Market to use up the last voucher I received from my county's Office of Aging. I look foreword to it. Also, since these suggestions arrived by email, I may do some on line shopping as well. (I've been doing a lot of on line "window shopping" already.

Lorraine says:
November 25, 2010

It really should be called red Friday. It puts the businesses in the black, but the consumers - us - in the red. Not a great way to give thanks nor end the year. So if it was a truly black Friday for us we would NOT spend money, and just give thanks.

Marie says:
December 01, 2010

I love your picture - a hike in the snow through the woods! We have never shopped on Black Friday as we hate crowds. Another suggestion for an activity is to hold a family meeting. We always have members of several generations of family here that day. Getting together in a meeting to tell family history stories or discuss things the family has in common is a great and memorable use of the day - and it costs little to nothing!

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