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Black Friday: 5 Things To Do Instead Of Buying Stuff You Don t Need

For those who haven t received the billions of tell-tale marketing emails about big price drops this week, we have some news: this Friday is Black Friday and your bank balance isn t ready.It s a US import, of course: Black Friday is to Thanksgiving what the Boxing Day sale is to Christmas, with the fun starting the day after the big event as retailers drop prices on goods and people queue for hours to buy said goods (which they never really needed).Slowly but surely Black Friday fever has swept the globe and now this day of consumer worship is observed in the UK too. If you re sick of the hype and want to avoid spending hundreds of pounds on a new telly, here are some other (more wholesome) things you can do instead...1. Help RefugeesThe charity pop up that took London by storm last year is back with more ways to help displaced people. The Help Refugees Choose Love store will open in London (30-32 Fouberts Place, W1F) on Black Friday, allowing people to buy essential items that with funds going to help refugees. Yes, you re still spending money, but actually it s for a really nice cause.Last year, the London store and its online equivalent raised 750,000, helping to provide refugees with 800,000 nutritious meals, 3,556 nights of accommodation, and 25,000 essential winter items for adults, which included 5,000 blankets and 11,000 items of clothing.Josie Naughton, CEO of Help Refugees, said: Last Christmas, the shop became a beacon of compassion in the heart of central London. Choose Love helped people from all walks of life feel empathy for refugees and do something practical to help. 2. Stock Up On TeaIf you re low on teabags, Friday is a good time to stock up. On Black Friday and Cyber Monday (27 Nov), Pukka Herbs will be donating 100 per cent of online teabag sales to TreeSisters, which plant trees around the world and boost tropical reforestation. In 2017, Pukka donated 425,000 to environmental charities and will donate more than 500,000 this year.Related... 11 Tweets That Perfectly Summarise The Struggle Of Black Friday It s Cool To Be Kind: 83% Of Brits Performed Act Of Kindness Last Year Need A New TV Or Washing Machine? This Is The Best Time Of Year To Bag A Bargain 3. Grab Free FriesKFC is offering free fries on Black Friday. The new fries are apparently thicker and wider with the skin left on, and all people need to do to redeem the offer is download KFC s app. Either fill your boots and enjoy a bit of comfort food or, if you can t eat the fries or don t want them, perhaps give them to someone in need instead?4. Fill A Charity BagWe have so much unused stuff in our lives that Black Friday might just be the best time to go through it all and have a much-needed sort out after all, what better reminder that you don t need to go and buy ANOTHER jumper than throwing four away? Fill a bag with the stuff you don t use anymore, take it to your local charity shop and be filled with a warm glow from doing good (rather than the cold regret of spending money you don t have).5. Call Your GranSpend the hour or so you d spend mindlessly scrolling through deals calling your grandparents (or another family member) instead. Chances are they ll a) be absolutely delighted to hear from you and b) you ll feel far better for it.

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