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Black Friday vs. Buy Nothing Day

Buy Nothing Day

The day after Thanksgiving is traditionally the official kick-off of the Christmas shopping season, “Black Friday”. The day after Thanksgiving is also “Buy Nothing Day”, an international day of protest against consumerism (More here at the Adbusters website).

Black Friday vs. Buy Nothing Day

So, which to chose?

BF: The new Miley CD for 2.99.
BND: Dad & Uncle Bill twerking ’round the Christmas tree.
VERDICT: Toss-up

BF: A big screen HD TV to create quality time family memories playing Call of Duty Ghosts in high def.
BND: A year of University.
VERDICT: Hmmm… that first year is kind of a write-off…

BF: A zero-dollar smart phone on an $80 a month plan.
BND: $80 x 24 mnths = $1,920 cash! Hmmm…
VERDICT: The phone has Candy Crush…

BF: iPad mini $199.
BND: iPad mini $299.
VERDICT: Okay… this one goes to BF.

BF: ‘Black Friday, Broke Saturday’.
BND: Homemade gifts and looks of dough-eyed disbelief from the kids.

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By: Mike Benny
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Top Five Christmas Shopping Tips

Shopping bagThe Christmas shopping season officially kicks off on Black Friday this coming Friday. To help out, here are Mike’s top five Christmas shopping tips…

#5. Don’t rush, Target is open til midnight on the 24th.

#4. If you’re not sure about sizes… get something that doesn’t come in different sizes, like snuggies and oven mitts.

#3. When buying electronics, forget the warranty. If something goes wrong with it you can sell it on eBay.

#2. Don’t worry about keeping receipts, I’m sure everything will be perfect.

#1. Gifts cards – easy to wrap.

Okay, here are some real Christmas shopping tips from Canadian Living Magazine.

Here are 6 expert tips for getting your holiday shopping done stress-free!
By Nicola Enright-Morin

1. Navigate the Net
The best thing about Internet shopping is there’s no traffic, fights for parking, grumpy sales assistants or other shoppers.

2. It’s all about the list
Before you wage war at the mall, it’s imperative to have a detailed shopping list. Prepare contingency gifts just in case.

3. Miss the mall mayhem
You’ll be amazed how much more shopping gets done when you’re the early bird — no lengthy lineups and store clerks fresh and eager to help.

4. Go solo
If you’re honestly going to get all your Christmas shopping accomplished in a day, it’s a quest you’ll have to brave alone. Kids can make the shortest shopping trip an epic journey, and going with a friend often means too much time spent in stores you don’t need.

5. Always be prepared
How often do you receive an unexpected gift from a neighbour, family member, or thoughtful colleague at work? To avoid a last-minute scramble, keep a stash.

6. Finally, remember that it’s only shopping! Take a deep breath, try to enjoy the experience and be thankful that Christmas only comes once a year.

Here’s the whole article…

By: Mike Benny
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Mike’s top five benefits of shopping in a real store, in person, in real life

It’s estimated that almost $3 billion will be spent on-line in Canada, Christmas shopping this year.

Shopping on-line can be really convenient, but here are the top five benefits of shopping in a real store, in person, in real life.

Mike’s top five benefits of shopping in a real store, in person, in real life.

#5. If you’re going to get your identity stolen it might as well be by a real person, from a real store, in real life.

#4. New York fries handy out samples in the food court.

#3. It’s fun just to try stuff on!

#2. The real life cashier doesn’t keep asking you, “add this item to your cart? Are you sure? add this item to your cart? Are you sure? add this item to your cart?…” for each item in your cart.

#1. It’s fun trying to find that great parking spot right near the fire hydrant every time.

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It's a homemade Christmas

Today is Buy Nothing Day – a day to fight against the crass commercialism of Christmas. Today people are encouraged to make some of their gifts and work towards a home-made Christmas. Top five signs it’s a homemade Christmas at your house.

#5. Instead of looks of surprise and joy Christmas morning, you’re faced with dough-eyed looks of disbelief.

#4. The beautifully decorated jar of potpourri smells a bit like pickles.

#3. Two days before Christmas Grampa asks you what your favourite barn animal is.

#2. Asking Santa for a Wii takes on a whole new meaning when it’s a homemade Christmas.

#1. Homemade diddly squat bears a striking resemblance to store bought diddly squat.

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Have fun while Christmas shopping

Mike’s top five ways to have fun while (other people are) Christmas shopping.

#5. Go to M&M Meat Shops pretend to page “clean up in isle two” (ha h ha – there’s only one isle at M&M’s).

#4. Hide inside the clothing racks and while someone browses through yell, “Pick me! Pick me!”

#3. Move the “Caution Wet Floor” sign outside to the parking lot near a puddle.

#2. Dart around the store, using your coat as a cape, going from display to display, waving your ice scraper, chanting “Expecto a greatus dealus, with no payus til Mayus..”

#1. Fill a shopping cart with so many items that it’s overflowing, then go up to the checkout line and find a guy with just one item, then ask if you can get ahead of them.

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Crazy shopping

Top five crazy things about Christmas shopping this weekend in Prince George.
#5. It was so busy at the mall, even the key cutting place had a line up.
#4. People were offering you more for your parking spot, than they were for your Wii.
#3. Canadian Tire was totally sold out of electric nose hair trimmers (don’t ask me how I know).
#2. I don’t even know what a Webkin is, but I know I needed three – a seal, a caribou, and a kitty. (I found the seal and the caribou – but – do you think I could borrow Fat Sam til January?)
#1. What are you guys doing? Christmas is two weeks away..

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