Every year, millions of consumers anticipate the big day. Companies get ready to put their numbers in black for the year, and consumers look forward to scoring amazing deals.
Every year, people are trampled and injured while fighting over those deals. All on the day after (although now I guess it’s the day OF) Thanksgiving, the day that we supposedly feel gratitude for all that which we already have. What is the deal?
I personally have never gone Black Friday shopping – I don’t like crowds, and I get high anxiety in loud crowded places. I admit to being excited over good deals, though. And so I ask this question without judgement, simply curiosity:
Is it worth it? Are the deals really worth fighting over? Worth facing the crowds? Are they that incredible? What are your thoughts? Again, I’m simply curious to see what other’s perspectives are.
I try to be, but I’m just NOT. So…I turn to pinterest for all my creative gift-giving needs! Now is the time to get started on your Father’s Day gift planning, if you haven’t already. Let me share some of my favorite finds for Father’s Day (click on the gift name to go to the site for more info):
I’d like to think that I try to celebrate Earth Day every day, simply in the way I live and the choices I make. I’m SO, SO far from perfect, but I do believe that the few changes I’ve made are making a difference…at least I like to think that.
In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to share with you different things you can do at home to help the environment, and your wallet. Getting rid of toxins in the home is a great first step to take, in my humble opinion. And so, here are 10 different things you can do/make at home to help the earth:
Pay your bills online…it only takes a few minutes per bill to set up, and once it’s done you’ll cut down on envelopes used, statements printed, postage purchased, and gas used to drive the mail. Another bonus is that you can set up automatic bill pay and not have to even think about it anymore!
Buy local whenever possible. This is becoming easier and easier to do, as more and more local companies are popping up in grocery and retail stores. Produce, meat, honey, and so much more can be bought locally…if you’re willing to take the time to seek them out! Like the other tips, buying local provides benefits in addition to helping the planet. (See Benefits of Buying Honey Local)
Make Homemade, Eco-Friendly bug repellents. Spiders hate and avoid the scent of peppermint.Planting marigolds in your garden will ward away pests that might otherwise mess up your tomatoes. No need to bust out the chemicals when ridding your home of insects and other pests!
Reduce, Reuse, and Recyle. We’ve all heard this one and are familiar with the concept, so let’s just do it!! From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Website:Recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. Collecting used bottles, cans and newspapers and taking them to the curb or to a collection facility is just the first in a series of steps that generates a host of financial, environmental and social returns.
Reuse glass and plastic bottles as planters by filling them with dirt and planting herbs or vegetables for your own indoor garden. Large coffee cans, empty milk jugs, old clay planter pots and plastic buckets can all be used successfully as plant containers.
Newspaper can be used to wrap birthday gifts or crumple newspaper to create packaging material to keep items protected when shipping. Reuse plastic bags to line trashcans or to pick up pet waste. Avoid purchasing items that are over packaged.
Paper or Plastic? How about a reusable tote? They are inexpensive and help to reduce the production of plastic and paper bags. Opt for a reusable water bottle as opposed to one-time-use plastic bottles.
Plant a tree. If you want to save money while saving Mother Earth with your trees, then buy yourself a fruit tree. If you don’t have a lot of room, or don’t want a huge tree, get yourself a dwarf. You’ll be provided with fresh fruit year after year. What a fantastic investment!
My family has 8 fruit trees, but 6 of them are pretty young and don’t provide enough that we have excess at harvest time. My grandfather, however, has fully mature trees, and last year I was able to pick over 50 lbs of apples for canning. Think of all the yummy apple pie fillings, applesauces, apple butters, and apple syrups you can have when your fruit trees grow up! Plant a tree!
Eat more veggies, and less meat. I cannot deny that I’m a meat lover. I like meat! I have decided, however, to not consume meat at lunch, and I’d like to start doing a meatless meal at dinner time each week. Want to know the HUGE eco-impact it’ll make? Check out these stats.
Pick up Liter – Make it a fun family activity! My kids and I will sometimes go on a walk around our neighborhood, or to the local school’s playground to play, and we’ll bring along a plastic grocery sack and gloves to pick up liter on our way. It’s a small, easy thing that can help beautify the area around you!
Here is another gorgeous free ornament you can score. These 3-D sculpted Christmas Carol Jingle Bell Ornaments feature a figural scene and a verse from a popular Christmas carol, and each “scene” is set on top of an real jingle bell that rings! Pay only $2.95 for shipping/handling.