Five Days of Shopping: Black Friday through Giving Tuesday

Once Thanksgiving is out of the way, Black Friday comes to play.  But the fun doesn’t stop on Friday.  Over the years, the festivities have grown to five days of deals that are certain to help kick off your holiday shopping.

1.    Black Friday

This time honored tradition has been around since the early twentieth century.  It’s known for kicking off the holiday shopping season, and also for being one of the most dangerous shopping days of the year.  People will actually camp outside stores in order to be amongst the first in line for winter deals. 

It’s for good reason though.  Most items are discounted at a minimum of thirty percent.  It’s the perfect time to buy your uncle that gadget he’s been eyeing, or for treating yourself to a brand new television.  Whatever purchase you’re hoping to score, there is nothing that compares to the electricity in the air right before a Black Friday sale.

2.    Small Business Saturday

This is the day to shop local and support family businesses.  These places can’t compete with chain stores.  They aren’t likely to have that brand new gaming console, nor would they be able to discount nearly as much.  But if you’re looking for creative, one-of-a-kind gifts, these are the types of places you want to shop. 

You’re also helping to stimulate the local community.  It’s difficult to find any sort of fault in that.

3.    Sleepy Sunday

Black Friday

On Sunday we rest amongst the piles of things we bought the previous two days.  It’s time to finally clean up Thanksgiving dinner and maybe even put up your Christmas tree.  Get plenty of rest though.  There are still two more days of festivities.

4.    Cyber Monday

All your favorite online stores will be joining in on the fun today.  You get to shop from the comfort of your own home. No pants, no bra – just you, your favorite electronic device, and a cup of steaming hot coffee.  Get your fingers flexing though, the best deals go fast!  Many websites will have previews of their deals, so keep in mind your shopping list and go for the most popular items first if you want a chance at getting them.

5.    Giving Tuesday

At the end of a busy few days, it’s important to remember those who are less fortunate than you.  Bring a toy to your local Toys For Tots drop off spot.  Volunteer at a soup kitchen.  Hug Santa while dropping your change into the Salvation Army bucket.  Today is all about giving back to humanity. 

The week started with you giving thanks for all you have, and it ends with people thanking you for giving.  While some might see the time in between as rampant consumerism, the bookends are what make it all worthwhile.  The spirit of the season is truly what makes this the most wonderful time of the year.

Keep a smile on your lips and a song in your heart, and make this your best holidays yet!