It's finally Thanksgiving this week, one of my favorite times of the year! I'm looking forward to enjoying time with family, good food and lots of relaxation. Like everyone else, my life has been way too busy and I'm trying really hard to live in the present, not worry about the future or regret the past. That being said though, let's talk Black Friday, shall we!?!? I love a good sale like anyone else but Black Friday has almost become more of a hassle these days than the fun outing it used to be. From worrying about which stores are being unfair to their employees by opening on Thanksgiving to wondering if it's not a blessing to those who don't like their families or would simply rather work that day. And since my mom has just started radiation, she will definitely be too tired for an all-day outing like we used to do. I'll be happy with some good quality time and if we hit the stores, great - if not, fine by me. There's always Cyber Monday! :) With that in mind, here's a list with a little something for everyone on Black Friday. Happy Thanksgiving!!
- If you are planning to go out on Black Friday, do your research. Check out this site, along with your local circulars and all your other favorite stores' websites for specials, coupon codes and deals.
- Wait until Cyber Monday! Sometimes these sales are as good or even BETTER than Black Friday deals.
- Stay home! Play dominoes with the family, watch your favorite movies, better yet - TAKE A NAP, revel in the fact that you (hopefully) have the day off and enjoy the downtime.
- Donate the money you would've spent to a local charity, specifically one that helps with food or clothing. Locally I like this one and this one and globally, you can't go wrong with this one. (Donating to these charities are also great Christmas gifts for those who don't need anything or that hard-to-buy-for relative).
- Make this year's newest dessert craze: the Cherpumple. It's three pies (cherry, pumpkin and apple) baked inside of a cake. Yes, you may have to go for a nine-mile run afterwards, but the experience alone is worth the street cred on social media. Take pics and let me know how it is! (my husband is serious about wanting to make this. Lord, help me!)