Did you actually really, really NEED what you bought?
So many people don’t have the luxury of bargain hunting on Black Friday. Everyday is a bargain hunt for them, but not for things like tv’s, and phones, and leather coats, and jewellery… but rather for milk, and bread, and vegetables, and toilet paper. Things most of us take for granted.
I’m not saying don’t shop.
I’m not saying don’t buy that new “thing”
I’m just saying let’s turn Black Friday into White Friday.
Be the white light.
Be the hero in the white hat on the white horse.
Here is my challenge to you:
Whatever you saved on your big ticket purchase today, donate it in kind to a local charity. Saved $50 bucks on that tv? $50 will buy about $250 in food when donated to the food bank. ($1=$5 in food distribution) It will also go a long way at an animal shelter or a soup kitchen.
Pick something that speaks to you!
Did you get a new appliance? Couch? set of dishes? Watch?
Consider “Freecycling” your old ones. It keeps them out of the landfill, and will they definitely be appreciated by it’s new owners who may not have any other means of attaining them.
Coats? blankets? drop them off at your local outreach program. (maybe pick up a pack of new wool socks to add to your donation)
Or think small and simple. Instead of merely walking past that fella or lady on the street today (or tomorrow) to get to the next big box store of bargains, offer to buy them a hot lunch, or some fruit. (they likely get more than enough coffees) Don’t just assume and hand them something either. Take a moment and actually speak to them and ask what they would prefer. You’ll be amazed how that will make them feel. (and in turn how you will feel. Trust me, it can be life-changing)
Let’s turn this day (nay weekend) of greed into a movement of giving.
Let’s Pay it forward.
I dare you.