Although Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time of thanks many retailers have kicked tradition to the curb and will open their doors at midnight on Thanksgiving night. Depending on who you talk to, people are either excited or outraged about the changes.
No matter if you’re participating in the shopping extravaganza or not you should know that there are many ways you can celebrate post-thanksgiving. Below are three great alternatives to Black Friday:
White Friday is the idea that instead of spending money the day after Thanksgiving, you spend your time doing other important things like spending time with your family, cleaning up your home, or volunteering. This Black Friday alternative came about to steer people away from the Black Friday hype; “white out” Black Friday.
Another idea is Cyber Monday. Although it is still tied into buying holiday gifts, Cyber Monday is a great Black Friday alternative for anyone who wants to get their holiday shopping done and still get in on the big deals. Some retailers may actually even start their holiday deals as early as Thanksgiving Day and continue them through Cyber Monday; if you’re lucky you can even get it shipped for free. If you don’t want to get stuck in line at 3am waiting for doorbuster deals, Cyber Monday is the way to go.
Giving Tuesday is the day after Cyber Monday. As it is the time of year when we are thankful for what we have, it is also the time of year to give to others. Giving Tuesday is a great day for your friends, family, and co-workers to come together and give back to your community. The devastation hurricane Sandy caused in the Northeast has become a central focus for this year’s Giving Tuesday.
If you’re looking to find something to do besides head to the mall on Black Friday consider waiting until Monday or Tuesday to get your shopping done and give back to others. Small Business Saturday is another way to avoid the mayhem and support to your local economy. Although the biggest shopping day of the year has become the norm for millions who rush to the stores, it doesn’t have to be for everyone.