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The Black Friday Bucket List: 25 Things to Do on Black Friday (Shopping Not Included)

The Black Friday Bucket List: 25 Things to Do on Black Friday (Shopping Not Included)
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    Today is the beginning of the holiday shopping season in the United States (although thanks to online sales it is creeping into other parts of the world as well), and if you’ve been out and about you’ve likely seen stores that are more crowded than they have been all year. With incredible (re: crazy) discounts and every merchant trying to get their hands on the consumer dollar, it seems odd that this day is the one that marks the onset of shopping season, After all, it is the day after Americans give thanks for all that they have – and all Black Friday seems to offer is the chance to go out and get more stuff to be thankful for (or not) next Thanksgiving.

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    Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against shopping. Although I seem to do more online shopping these days, I do my share of spending. But I’m not one for days that the collective population should head out and hit the stores – whether it be Black Friday, Veteran’s Day or the like. The same goes with Boxing Day here in Canada. I don’t get caught up in the hoopla of it all.

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    But do you?

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    If you’re trying to avoid the stores today and are having trobule thinking of alternatives to keep you occupied during the rest of the day, I’ve got The Black Friday Bucket List here — 25 things here that you can do on Black Friday — or during Black Friday weekend — that don’t include shopping. You don’t have to do all 25 (in fact, it’d be hard to do that — you can save some for subsequent years) – and rather than do them at a discount I suggest you pay full price for each.

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    The full price of your attention, that is.

    The Black Friday Bucket List

    1. Read a book that you bought — but havent read yet.
    2. Go through the books you have read and donate the ones you no longer need to charity.
    3. Start a journal – either analog or digital.
    4. Perform a full Weekly Review.
    5. Assemble your wish list for yourself for the holidays.
    6. Assemble a list you plan to give to others for the holidays.
    7. Write holiday letters to close friends and family to mail out on Monday.
    8. Exercise.
    9. Spend time with your family outdoors.
    10. Catch up on phone calls with those you’ve been meaning to call. (Note: You’ll probably have to leave a lot of messages unless those you’re calling have decided to take a break from Black Friday too.)
    11. Prepare a digital photo album for printing for holiday gift-giving.
    12. Volunteer your time to a cause.
    13. Clean up your computer’s files.
    14. Empty your inboxes – electronic and analog.
    15. Bake.
    16. Make art in some form or another. Paint, draw, write, whatever.
    17. Do those odd jobs around the house you’ve been putting off.
    18. Plan your fitness regimen for the next year.
    19. Put together your New Year’s Resolutions.
    20. Start writing a blog.
    21. Declutter your closet, purging it of any clothes you’ve not worn in ages.
    22. Put up your holiday decorations.
    23. Come up with a plan to reduce your debt and start saving more.
    24. Foster your newest hobby. Roasting coffee, brewing beer, scrapbooking, whatever.
    25. Dwell in quiet.

    This Friday doesn’t have to black at all if you don’t want it to be. In fact, it can be the day where you wipe the slate clean and reconnect yourself with what really matters.

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    How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

    How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps

    We all like to dream about being financially wealthy. For most people though, it remains a dream and nothing more. Why is that?

    It’s because most people don’t set their mind to achieving that goal. They might not be happy in their current situation but they’re comfortable – and comfort is one of the biggest enemies of growth.

    How do you go about developing that millionaire mindset? By following these simple steps:

    1. Focus On What You Want – And Take It!

    So many people are too timid to admit they want something and go for it. When there is something that you want to accomplish don’t think “I could never actually do that”, think “I could do that and I WILL do that”.

    Millionaires play to win, not to avoid defeat.

    This doesn’t mean to have to become a selfish jerk. What it means is becoming more assertive and honest with yourself. You don’t have to grab off other people. There is a big pot of unclaimed gold in the middle of the table — why shouldn’t you be the one to claim it? You deserve it!

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    2. Become Goal-Orientated

    It’s almost impossible to achieve anything if you don’t set firm goals. Only lottery winners become millionaires overnight. By setting yourself attainable goals, you will get there eventually. Don’t try to get rich quickly — get rich slowly.

    Let’s take the idea of making your first million dollars and expand on what kind of goals you might set to get there. Let’s also say you’re starting at a break-even position – you’re making enough to get by with a few luxuries, but nothing more.

    Your goal for the first year can be having $10,000 in the bank within a year. It won’t be easy but it is doable. Next, you need to figure out the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.

    Always look at ways to make growth before cutbacks. With that in mind, you might want to see if you can negotiate a pay rise with your boss, or if there’s another job out there that will pay better. You might be comfortable in your old job but remember, comfort stunts growth.

    You may also have other skills outside of your workplace that you can monetize to boost your bank balance. Maybe you can design websites for people, at a fee of course, or make alterations to clothes.

    If this is still not enough to make the money you need to save $10,000 in a year, then it’s time to look at cutbacks. Do you have a bunch of old junk that someone else might love? Sell it! Do you really need to spend $10 on your lunch everyday when you could make your own for a fraction of the cost?

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    If you are to become a millionaire, you need to start accumulating money.

    Here’re some tips to help you: How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life

    3. Don’t Spend Your Money – Invest It

    The reason you need to accumulate money is for step three. Millionaires tend to be frugal people, and that’s because they know the true value of money is in investing. Being your own boss goes hand-in-hand with becoming a millionaire. You’ll want to quit your regular job at some point.

    Stop working for your money and make your money work for you.

    Rather than buying yourself a new iPad, that $500 could be used to invest in the stock market. Find the right shares (more on that later), and that money could easily double within a year.

    There’s not just the stock market — there’s also property, and your own education.

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    4. Never Stop Learning

    The best thing you can invest in is yourself.

    Once most people leave the education system, they think their learning days are over. Well theirs might be, but yours shouldn’t be. Successful people continually learn and adapt.

    Billionaire Warren Buffet estimates that he read at least 100 books on investing before he turned twenty. Most people never read another book after they’ve left school. Who would you rather be?

    Learn everything you can about how economics works, how the stocks markets work, how they trend.

    Learn new skills. If you have an interest in it, learn everything you can about it. You’d be surprised at how often, seemingly useless skills, can become extremely useful in the right situation.

    Start developing the habit of learning continuously: How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You

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    5. Think Big

    While I advise to start off with small goals, you absolutely should have a big goal in mind. If you have a business idea, then that is your ultimate goal – to start that business and make a success of it. If you want to invest your way to millions of dollars and do little work other than research, then that is your big goal.

    There is no shame in not achieving a big goal. If you run a business and aim to make $1 million profit in a year and “only” make $200,000, then you’re still significantly ahead of most people.

    Aim for the stars, if you fail you’ll still be over the moon.

    6. Enjoy the Attention

    To be successful, you have to be willing to promote yourself and enjoy the attention to a certain extent. Now the attention doesn’t need to be on yourself, it could be on your brand, but attention definitely attracts money.

    Never be embarrassed to get your name out there. That means finding a spotlight and being brave enough to step right up underneath it.

    If you run a business, try contacting the local papers. You’d be surprised at how amenable they often are to running a story about you and your business, and it’s all free publicity.

    Above all, remember: You control your own destiny. Push hard enough for anything and you’ll get it.

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