“Black Friday” is the day after Thanksgiving, and my advice is to do anything else rather than go shopping. Since I’m not a fan of crowds or the possibility of being trampled, I stopped shopping on that day years before I joined The Compact. I know there are deals to be had, but are they really worth your sanity?
I’ll be reposting my Compact-y holiday gift ideas soon, since handmade and experiential gifts tend to take a bit more planning than just plunking down your credit card at the mall. But if you ARE going to be shopping this holiday season, please shop at local businesses as much as possible, and consider following the rules above if you agree with them so that your money supports your values.
Will you be shopping the day after Thanksgiving? Which of the suggestions from the list above will you be following this year? How to you plan to get through the consumer frenzy of the next six weeks? Please share in the Comments section. I have already made my “staying sane for the holidays” list, and I’ll share it with you in the next post.