News stations and newspapers have segments on how to get the best deals on Black Friday, Shop Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, which makes shopping this weekend seem like something you have to do. It isn’t.
Invite friends over for soup and bread or even for a cup of coffee. Go to a museum. Take a walk on a local trail.
I know, I know – Deals! Bargains! Even if you are exchanging gifts with family, you don’t have to shop this weekend. Stores and websites will continue offering deals throughout December. Unless you really love elbowing your way through the crowds, enjoy some peaceful activities instead.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.