7 Colorful Alternatives To Black Friday

Black Friday seems to get crazier and crazier every year, and while I’ve gotta give props to my friends who are willing to brave the angry mobs in the hopes of scoring a sweet deal, I think that gloriously bloated day after Thanksgiving has the potential to be a lot more than the frightening consumerist orgy it’s become. With that in mind, I compiled 7 other colorful Friday traditions. Find out what they are and how to celebrate them, after the jump!

Green Friday: Skip the inevitable toy aisle fist fights and do something good for the earth instead. Whip up some eco-friendly (and cheap!) DIY cleaning supplies. See if you can sign up for green power. Switch all your bills to online bill pay. Fix that leaky faucet and turn down the heat. Go through your closet and donate unused items to a local thrift store. Then give yourself a big ol’ pat on the back.

Red Friday: Give yourself a boost out of the red by using the money you might be spending at all the Black Friday sales to pay down your credit card debt. Even if it’s just 25 bucks, you’ll feel a weight lifted off your shoulders.

Yellow Friday: You know that thing you’ve always wanted to do but you’ve been too scared to do it? Starting your own blog, telling your crush how you feel, or booking a ticket to Guatemala–whatever it is, Friday is the perfect day to put aside your fear and just DO IT. If it’s a major undertaking, just take the first step. You’ll be amazed at how empowering that can be.

Gray Friday: Devote some time to the older people in your life. If you didn’t get to see your grandparents for the holiday, give them a call. If your own grandparents have passed away, consider visiting a retirement home. A quick game of checkers can really brighten someone’s day.

Purple Friday: According to hippie color theory, purple encourages us to use our imaginations to the fullest, so for Purple Friday, spend some time on a creative hobby that you’ve always wanted to try or haven’t done in way too long. Personally, I’ll be digging out the paintbrushes from my college art class days, but you might prefer writing, dancing, cooking a new recipe, or playing a few chords on the beat-up guitar in the attic.

Pink Friday: Invite some friends over for a DIY spa day. Relax with chocolate facials, cinnamon sugar lip scrubs, and manicures. And listen to Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday” album all day, obviously.

Blue Friday: I don’t know about you guys, but I have a ton of friends who are going through a rough time right now. Use Blue Friday as an opportunity to reach out to a loved one who’s been feeling down, whether that means giving them a call or sending a card or email letting them know you’re thinking of them.

No matter how you choose to spend it, Happy Friday, everyone!