Showing posts with label Black Friday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Black Friday. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Buy Nothing Day 2013

Buy Nothing Day is celebrated on an annual basis, both in the United States as well as in the United Kingdom.  Started over 20 years ago, Buy Nothing Day was designed as an organized protest against consumerism. Think you and your family might like to participate? Read on for activities and ideas for celebrating this day.

Holiday piggy bank

When is Buy Nothing Day?


This year it is being observed in the U.S. Friday, November 29. In 1992, Vancouver artist Ted Dave started Buy Nothing Day, which was promoted by the Canada-based magazine Adbusters, a not-for-profit, reader-supported publication concerned about the physical and cultural environment. In 1997, it was moved to Black Friday in America, the 10th busiest shopping day in the U.S.


How is the day observed?


Activists urge consumers to cease making purchases of any kind for 24 hours, but it’s much more than just a day. The hope of those behind this campaign is that individuals who detox from consuming for an entire day will find the exercise freeing, adopting a more frugal, “shop less, live more” attitude in their lives.  Because every purchase we make has an impact on the environment, Buy Nothing Day promotes businesses that are friendly to the environment and also those that treat workers fairly, too.

Why was Buy Nothing Day started?


The overall premise of the day is to consume less and recycle more.  According to the site www.buynothingday.co.uk, the developed counties of the world comprise only 20 percent of the world’s population, yet they are consuming over 80 percent of the earth’s natural resources. The result? An unequal level of environmental damage and an unfair distribution of wealth are obvious. The campaign supports shopping locally and supporting small, usually family-owned, businesses. They are not in favor of businesses that employ cheap labor, those that don’t treat workers fairly or wasteful companies that are not environmentally friendly.

How can you participate in Buy Nothing Day?


1. Plan a swap with friends. Exchange unused or gently used items. Everyone acquires something “new” in a manner that’s environmentally friendly.
2. Have a potluck dinner. Instead of eating out, encourage friends and family to bring a dish of their choice, a less expensive way to enjoy a meal together.
3. Organize a local event.  Interested in spreading the word about Buy Nothing Day to your community? A fun-filled family event can make a great impact.
4. Make a pact to adopt a frugal lifestyle. Use the experience gathered from Buy Nothing Day to find ways to adopt a more frugal, mindful way of life.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the meaning of frugal includes: being careful about spending money and using money and supplies in a very careful way.

Potluck

Tips for being frugal:


  • Refrain from using shopping and consuming as a hobby.
  • Think through each purchase rather than buying on impulse.
  • Start shopping sales, clearance racks or second-hand stores when purchasing is necessary.
  • Encourage a frugal mindset with your family. Make saving and spending less a practice for everyone to take part in.

Where can you learn more?


Visit www.buynothingday.co.uk for more ideas on observing the day as well as information on how to join the campaign.

Kathy Rembisz 
Contributing Writer


Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday! Who Wants to Go Shopping?

bargain
This photo from Beezid.com shows a crowd ready
to find sales on Black Friday.
Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving when everyone goes shopping for great bargains and, hopefully, some fun! I remember going out one year to find THE great bargain. It was the first time I worked for a company that actually gave me the day off. I was so excited. I thought I'd sleep in, take my time and enjoy a nice peaceful day of fun and bargain shopping. Until my friend told me that we had to be up by 3:00 AM and out the door no later than 4:00 AM to get to the store so we could wait outside in line. Are you kidding me? It's my day off! Well, not wanting to miss the experience of a great American tradition, off I went. We waited outside in the cold for hours, and once the doors opened, it was a madhouse. All the pushing and shoving just to get in the front door! I just hope I didn't seriously hurt anyone....Just kidding!

What Is Black Friday About?

Black Friday is traditionally known as the start of the holiday shopping season. This is the day when many people shop for door buster deals on items that would normally cost much more. When is Black Friday? Normally it's always been the day after Thanksgiving. However, in recent years, especially this year, it's starting earlier. Some shopping centers are opening and offering sales on Thanksgiving Day in hopes of boosting sales during the economic downturn. Many stores also offer online sales and free shipping! That's good news for those of us who've experienced the thrill of camping out, waiting and waiting in line to get into the crowded store and then taking hours to get through the check out!

Why is it called Black Friday? Well, when businesses did their accounting in years past, they recorded their losses in red ink and their profits in black inc. Hoping to boost sales for the last quarter of the year, stores refer to finishing in the 'black', or with a profit. Black Friday originated from that hope that retail outlets would finish with a big profit at year end.

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Cyber Monday shopper.
(Image from
http://orientalsparkle.blogspot.com/)


Cyber Monday

Cyber Monday began in 2005 and has been a growing tradition since then. It falls on the Monday after Thanksgiving; this year it will be on November 26. Shoppers can find great bargains at their favorite online stores. So, again, rather than shopping in crowded stores, you can take your time and browse the internet from the comfort of your own home. No pushing or shoving!




Small Business Saturday

shopping in smaller stores
Small Business Saturday:
A chance to shop for bargains
in small businesses.
What is Small Business Saturday? Started by American Express about three years ago and gaining popularity, it can mean big business for small businesses. It's falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 24, when shoppers can get out and support small businesses and honor their contribution to the communities where they do business. It also helps boost sales for small, family owned businesses who have struggled during the rough economy for the past few years.

Which way should you shop? It depends on what you are looking for and how much you are hoping to save. Some shoppers enjoy the excitement of Black Friday. In my neighborhood in Philadelphia, neighbors gather at midnight on Thanksgiving and head out in their cars, armed with their wallets and ready to shop till they drop! It's a chance for neighbors to get together and share some holiday cheer. I choose a calmer shopping experience now and prefer to find my bargains on line. Shopping on Saturday, after the die hard Black Friday shoppers have finished, might be fun for people who are looking for bargains, but appreciate a neighborhood business where the lines might not be so long and the stores that are not quite as crowded.

Whichever way you choose to shop this weekend, be safe, have fun and save money! But above all, make sure you have a SAFE shopping experience!

Share your Black Friday stories in our comments section, too. What is the earliest time you've ever gotten up to hit the stores? What's the craziest thing you would do to find a bargain? Let us know if you have any funny stories to share!

Caroline Carr
Contributing Writer

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

5 Fun Things to Do in November


It is that time of year when we all start to accept that the "good ole summertime" is gone for another year, and we will be relegated to inside activities during the cold winter. BUT that doesn't have to be the case.  There are still lots of nice days in November to get out and enjoy the sunshine and soak in some of that Vitamin D that we all need!  Check out at least five things you can schedule for the beautiful month of November!


fun activities
For your kids, plan fun activities
for when they are bored.

1.  OUTDOOR FUN IN NOVEMBER~~~

In a lot of areas November is the time of year that we see all those gorgeous fall leaves fall from the trees. Now is the time to get the kids outside for some fun activities when they are bored! Grab those rakes and leaf bags and get them moving while you get the yard cleaned up too!  Let them have some fun in the big piles of leaves! Maybe you have elderly neighbors that could use the extra manpower to help them with their fall cleanup too? 



 2.  SLEEP-IN DAY ~ Daylight Savings Time Ends


fun activities
Fall back and enjoy
Sleep In Day!
We gained an hour of precious sleep on November 4th, when we once again "fall back" as daylight savings time came to an end. Sunday, November 4th was "Sleep In Day". Did you take advantage of that extra hour to catch up on much needed rest? It is well deserved for all you busy parents trying to keep up with those crazy schedules these days! And don't forget this is the time of year we change the batteries in our smoke detectors.The International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends changing your smoke detector batteries at daylight savings time.This will insure that they are working properly as you enjoy your extra sleep time!


November event
Honor veterans on Nov. 11.

3.  Honor our VETERANS Day!! 


November 11th is a day set aside to honor our Veterans who have fought to preserve our freedom in this country. On this day and every day we can all take time to seek out and thank those who have served and made tremendous sacrifices for us. This is a time to honor all those who lost their lives as well as veterans who fought for our country so that we can live in a free society. This would be a great time to tell the kids about volunteering at shelters or soup kitchens as we approach Thanksgiving as many of our veterans seek help from those agencies. This is an annual November event that we can all take part in.

4.  THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY 

This is one of my favorite holidays of the year. This is a time of year that we can reflect on all the wonderful things that have happened for us this past year. We can give thanks in whatever manner we choose for the blessings in our lives. I have been lucky enough to spend each and every Thanksgiving with our family.


This is a good time to take part in donating to the local Food Banks to make sure that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Check with your local charities to see if you might be able to volunteer your time serving or helping in some way provide that special meal to those less fortunate. 

This is also a great time to check out some new recipes to add to the traditional family recipes we see on the Thanksgiving Day table each year. 

Buy Nothing Day
Shop on Black Friday or
stay home and relax!

5.  You Choose!  Black Friday or Buy Nothing Day!!!

Many people want to get a jump start on their Christmas shopping and have made a tradition of rising VERY early on the day after Thanksgiving also called Black Friday (or maybe not going to bed at all that night!) just to get the door buster specials at their local retail outlets! I have to admit I fell into the trap one year with my daughters. We hit the store at 5am to hopefully get the 50% off on electronics. The place was a madhouse, and I decided that I had experienced the event once and that was enough for me! I will willingly pay the extra few dollars just to avoid the chaos of BLACK FRIDAY.  I have also discovered that I will be able to find some of those same bargains in December when I start my shopping. I am, therefore, a member of the Buy Nothing Day crowd on November 23rd! But for those that just enjoy the experience, I applaud you! I will be thinking of you while I am snug in my cozy bed, sound asleep as you fight your way through the mobs! Happy Shopping! 

Whatever your plans are for November, I am sure that you will enjoy the time. Get outdoors while there is still beautiful weather because it won't be long before our winter sets in. Enjoy some family time and check out those organizations seeking volunteers to help with the holiday meals. It can be very satisfying to help others who need the help.

Cindy Foley
Contributing Writer