On Black Friday, people are encouraged to over-consume.
We are bombarded with ads and specials that send us into a buying frenzy because it feels as if it’s the only time of year that we will be able to afford the things we want. But, what do we really *need*?
It’s important to consider the following with every purchase we make:
- What purpose does it serve?
- Where was it made?
- Who made it?
- How long will I be able to use it for and benefit?
- Where will it go when I’m done with it?
If you can answer these questions, and feel good about the answers, perhaps it is a great purchase!
Being “in the black” relates to being in a financially profitable condition, so as Black Friday is upon us this year, and we are encouraged and prompted to acquire and consume, let’s try to be as mindful as ever in our purchases, and produce positive outcomes for our health, our world, and most certainly our own bank accounts. Click here for some perspective + inspiration on this year’s best holiday gifts, and click here for some of our favourite “black” stuff that offers great value to our lives + our health.
Note: The best Black Friday deal out there this year is REI’s campaign to get people to #OptOutside. Kudos to them for not only giving their employees a paid day off to buck standard tradition of frenzied shopping for time in nature, but also for promoting it with the intention of getting the concept to spread. Between Patagonia’s brilliant efforts and REI, we can all look forward to a new Black Friday trend in years to come.