No Need To Shop: 5 Ideas For a Retail-Free Black Friday

No Need To Shop: 5 Ideas For a Retail-Free Black Friday

Along with being the official start of Christmas shopping season, Friday— Black Friday, of course—is Buy Nothing Day.  The day of no shopping is Nov. 27 in the United Kingdom and Nov. 26 in the United States, so enjoy it a day later if you’re crossing the pond to find some bargains.

We expect to be filled with turkey and gravy on Friday, and plan to join this anti-Black Friday movement by not buying anything on Black Friday—including shopping on the Internet. No matter who you are, you could probably use a day off from the retail trenches. We’ve come up with some alternate Black Friday activities to keep your mind out of the stores and your bank account in the black.

Going into debt is a terrible way to start the new year, so follow our lead and try at least one of these ways to avoid the biggest day of shopping temptation this year:

1. Read A Book

We recommend staying home in front of a cozy fire and reading your favorite book. If you don’t already have a few unread books sitting around, then go buy one before Friday or better yet, borrow one from a friend or go to the library. If you’re unsure what to read, start with the New York Times’ bestseller list. Or, if you're looking to get inspired, check out one of these. Want to brush up on your investing? We have those, too.

2. Watch A Movie

Either stay home and avoid the crowds with a movie you already have on hand, or go out to a theater for an outing that should cost you less than $20. Or just flip around and see what’s on TV. As you sports fans already know, there will be plenty of college football games to watch. Thanksgiving weekend is always a big time for blockbuster movies to open in theaters, so take a niece to see “Tangled,” or check out the new Harry Potter movie.

3. Go Bowling

Like going to a movie, this will cost you a few bucks, but at least it gets you out of the house and offers a chance to take out some frustrations on a some bowling pins.

4. Go For A Walk

Preferably outside. Walking as little as 30 minutes a day can improve your health,  so get outside and enjoy some free exercise. Raining? Spend half an hour exercising at home.

5. Cook Some Meals For The Upcoming Week

You know December will be busy—Christmas parties, gift buying, gift wrapping, gift sending (sensing a theme here?)—so Friday can be a good day off to spend a few hours preparing meals for the coming week. We like to make a big pot of spaghetti sauce and let it simmer for a few hours, which warms the house and provides plenty of sauce to store in the freezer for a few weeks.

Tell us in the comments: What are your plans for Black Friday this year?

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