Eight Black Friday Alternatives

MallThis Thanksgiving, after the Packers play the Bears, you may be lacing up your running shoes for some Black Friday shopping.

However, if you’re lucky enough to have Friday off and would prefer to stay away from the crowds and the frenzy, here are EIGHT great alternatives to the normal Black Friday:

  1. Start your Taxes early – It’s never too early to get a head start on tax season. Organize your charitable donation receipts and use an online calculator to predict your tax bill (or refund!) for the year.
  1. Plan a Vacation – It’s not everyday you get the day off, so why not research vacation ideas for 2016, whether it’s a camping trip at Devil’s Lake State Park or a tour of Europe.
  1. Relax with a good book – How long have you been talking about reading that new book you picked up over the summer? Now’s the perfect time to crack it open! Or find a new one via the Bestseller List and download it!
  1. Create DIY gifts early – On a budget? Who needs to buy gifts when you can make them yourself? Your family will love the thought and time you put into it.
  1. Explore the Outdoors – Instead of going toward the crowds, how about you get away and take a hike? Find the perfect spot here.
  1. Get creative with your leftover turkey – Sometimes turkey sandwiches just don’t hit the spot. Who knows, maybe you’ll find your new favorite recipe.
  1. Put up your Christmas lights – If your family celebrates Christmas, this is the perfect time to put up your lights, bake your first batch of cookies and listen to holiday music guilt free!
  1. Save your shopping for Small Business Saturday – Instead of rushing around to big chain stores on Friday, why not skip the crowds, support local businesses and do your shopping the following day on Small Business Saturday.

We hope you all have a happy & safe Thanksgiving, no matter what you decide to do!

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