Isn’t it a shame that companies make their employees work on Thanksgiving Day as well as Black Friday? Have we forgotten the true meaning of Thanksgiving? I plan to boycott Black Friday activities in my own personal way and instead focus on what is really important in life. In this post, I’ll discuss alternatives to wasting hard-earned money on junk that you don’t really need.
Take the Kiddos to Free Activities
Give your kids the gift of fun experiences by taking them to fun and free activities. Last year my aunt and I brought my daughter to a pumpkin patch and she had a blast! And a few weeks ago she attended a fall festival at a local church. Check your local newspaper for any kids’ activities that are happening for the weekend. Or you can have a picnic in your backyard using the Thanksgiving leftovers. You can be frugal and enjoy the kids this Thanksgiving weekend.
Get Back to Your Projects
Is there an ebook that you have to work on before the end of the year? Do you need to automate your blog posts this week? Instead of shopping your life away, why not work on the projects you put on hold? Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to type out more articles, reorganize your home office, research homeschooling curriculum for the coming year, or create your wedding anniversary scrapbook.
You don’t have to volunteer with a local shelter or soup kitchen to make a difference. Offer to help neighbors, friends, relatives and church members this Thanksgiving weekend. Maybe your older brother and his wife are planning a date night and you can babysit your nieces and nephews. Or your neighbor might need assistance with sprucing up her backyard garden for a few hours.
Plan Next Year’s Financial Goals
Don’t wait until next year to plan your financial goals. Use Thanksgiving weekend to sit and go over your budget. Perhaps your child’s school tuition increased this year and now you will need to adjust your budget so that you can still afford the rising costs. Maybe you want to quit your job next year so you can stay home with the kids. Use this free time to figure out profitable methods that will allow you to accomplish this goal.
Teach Life Skills This Weekend
Sadly, many young adults enter the real world lacking the necessary life skills for independence. Don’t let this happen to your kids. You can dig out your family’s most treasured recipes and teach older kids how to cook for themselves. If you’re skilled at hairstyling, purchase a wig and teach your daughters how to do basic hairstyles. Enroll your kids in sewing or self-defense classes. Show your kids how to deep clean certain rooms of a house. This prepares them for adulthood properly.
Play Old School Games
The disadvantage of all this digital technology is that we forget how to have creative and simple fun with others. When I was little I played UNO and Scrabble all the time with my aunt. And sometimes I played Bingo, cards and the game Monopoly. I think it’s time to reintroduce these games to the younger generation. And what better time than during Thanksgiving weekend? Grab some old school games and entertain the kids for hours!
Make Extra Money
Instead of spending money you don’t have, boost your income and have the funds needed for financing long-term financial goals. Take online surveys, write articles online, sell unwanted items online, monetize your blog, work a part-time job, or babysit kids in your neighborhood. This supplements your regular income in amazing ways.
In conclusion, these ideas will help you avoid the excess consumerism of Black Friday and do more meaningful things with your time.