Today is Cyber Monday. The entire weekend was Black Friday. Do you know what these days really meant when they were instituted?
Black Friday was intended to help local businesses get back into "the black" by offering sales and incentives for people to shop for Christmas and otherwise, hopefully helping those businesses to end the year prosperous. Today, Black Friday sales are all over the internet, thus, in my opinion, cheapening Black Friday.
Cyber Monday was instituted to offer sales and incentives via the internet the Monday after Thanksgiving and Black Friday. This sale day (or week for that matter) has really taken off like crazy. The downside is that, again, local businesses are not helped by this.
Small Business Saturday was instituted to help those small businesses that are overlooked by consumers as they rush to get Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales for their holiday gifts and other goodies. Sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday is really vital local communities. Who wants to live in a town that only boasts of big box stores and internet connections?
Black Friday and Small Business Saturday have come and gone this year, but that doesn't mean that you can't still visit those local businesses by you and shop the sales that they will offer from now until after the holidays. Often, after Christmas, you can find great buys on leftover Christmas items, like Christmas cards, wrapping paper, ornaments, and more.
My menu plan this week goes like this:
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Black Bean Soup (from the Daniel Plan)
Beef Tip Gravy over Biscuits
Pizza & Pop
On Your Own