I will keep this post short and semi-sweet. Here are 5 reasons to skip black friday and 5 things you can do instead:
5 good reasons to skip black Friday
1. Possibly extend your life
The allure of a deal has actually lead to a few deaths in recent years:
2. A few crazies get the “deals”, and everyone else just buys a bunch of crap they don’t need -
You’ve seen the masses in action. After the “door busters” are gone, everyone is running around looking for a deal. They’ve all got this look of panic, it’s rather quite scary, their eyes are screaming: just let me buy something, anything! It’s sad, just sad.
3. Opening ON Thanksgiving????
Here’s the full list of stores opening on Thanksgiving: Greedy, Holiday Wreckers.
Feel free to add them to your scrooge list. It’s not the greed of these imbeciles that upsets me, it’s the working poor that have to deal with the crazed shoppers that upsets me. Imagine having to work one of these nightmare shifts and deal with this frenzy. This is not human!
4. Opening at what time???
Stores are opening at 4 and 5am. Again, for the lunatics that want to wait in line to pay $25 dollars for slave-labor boots instead of $75, well it’s their existence, but for the workers that have to get up at 3am or stay up to run this circus – my heart goes out to them.
5. Do you have the money – cash money, that is?
Okay it’s cheap or really cheap, but do you actually have the cash, not credit, to afford the “cheap” items. Let’s heed the words of Thomas Jefferson: “Never Spend Your Money Before You Have It.”
For these reasons, I will Buy Nothing on Black Friday. After waking up well rested Friday morning, I’ll partake in a few of the following activities while mourning the loss of humanity in this corporate-ruled culture:
5 ways I’ll spend the Friday after Thanksgiving instead of Shopping
1. Creating Something: I will either write an article or a poem. While the doors are being burst open and the thirsty customers are waiting in line, I’ll reach for a second cup of coffee and pen a few lines about something that interests me.
2. Repairing something – There are a number of small projects that I need to work on – most of them clothing repairs. I’ve been repairing all my clothes, since I’ve decided to buy no new clothes for as long as possible, but that’s a topic for a separate post.
3. Talking to someone (with my mouth) – I will have some meaningful conversations with my family and friends, none of which will include the words “sale,” “deal,” or “discount.”
4. Cooking Something – As is my wont everyday, I will cook something tasty and enjoy it with the people I love.
5. Reading something – I try to read at least 10 – 20 pages of a book per day. I’ll use Black Friday to do this and more. Since I won’t be waiting in line, I’ll have a lot of free time to read.
I ask you to join me in boycotting this absurd day and instead partake in a few of the activities noted above. If you have some suggestions of things to do instead of shop, I’d love to hear them.
Also, on Friday or Saturday, I’d love to hear what you did instead of shopping.