Opt out of Black Friday

blog1 (1) By: Xylia Lydgate

Get trampled or feel alive? I know what I’ll be doing on Black Friday this year, and it won’t be shopping. Read more to find out why.

On the day after Thanksgiving last year, REI closed all 143 of its retail locations, headquarters and distribution centers on the infamous American holiday, “Black Friday.” Instead of extending its hours and offering big discounts, the outdoor retailer encouraged its employees and customers to spend their day off enjoying the outdoors. REI sparked one of the most successful outdoor movements that year with over 1.4 million people choosing to opt outside.

In response to this, the Campus Rec Outdoor Program is launching its own outdoor photo contest from Monday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 25 (Black Friday). The purpose is to support the Opt Outside movement and encourage people to share their favorite outdoor moments on social media using the #optoutside and tagging @psu_odp.

Plus, there’s no better place to Opt Outside than in Oregon. With hundreds of hidden gems, waterfalls and mountainous views, I wouldn’t want to spend my Black Friday any other way. If you haven’t taken a moment to go outside and breathe, are you really living?

Join the movement with us by sharing where you like to enjoy the outdoors. Here are a few places to get you started: Boardman Tree FarmRamona Falls Spencer Butte.

Where will you be on the 25th at midnight?

As the holiday season approaches, students begin to bundle up in winter clothing: trench coats, puffer vests, scarves, and you can’t forget the “boots with the fur.” However, the heavy materials and faux fur used to make winter apparel can be expensive. The last thing college students need is more expenditure, so it’s important to shop smart when you’re on a tight budget.

That’s why Black Friday might be a good option for students who are broke and want to stay on trend. Every year stores open their doors to crowds of people the day after Thanksgiving for unbeatable sales.

However, if you’re anything like me, you cringe at the thought of being crammed into a store like sardines. The hype surrounding Black Friday has made it dangerous; many people have gotten injured or died trying to battle the crowds as the doors open. As much as I love Target, dying there doesn’t sound ideal. So instead, I choose to shop on Cyber Monday. This retail holiday provides great deals like free shipping on all orders and unrivaled sales, all while in the comfort of your own home.

Nevertheless, if you’re willing to experience the Black Friday venture you might want to go light on the turkey and pumpkin pie. If you overindulge, you might become sedentary and lose the energy you’ll need for the shopping frenzy. So leave the stuffing for the turkey. With that said, I would also recommend talking to a Black Friday veteran to get some advice and get organized. Have fun!

Are you going to be a part of Black Friday this year? Would you recommend it?