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shop small 2014Black Friday marks the official start of the holiday shopping season. My Black Friday-prep tradition used to involve reading the ads in the Thanksgiving Day paper while the girls watched the dog show.

This year–like last few–I’m not getting involved with the Black Friday hoopla at all. Maybe I’ve officially turned old. Maybe it’s all the loss I’ve experienced in the past few years. I don’t know. I do know that on Thanksgiving, I’ll be spending the morning making pies & stuffings & such. On that note, I want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

To the point of this post: I’m shopping small this year. And by small, I mean that almost every present for my friends & family will be something created by a local artist or sold by a small business. To that end, I’m not rounding up the Black Friday freebies. As more & more retailers open on Thanksgiving (though a few officially quit that…yay!) & the holidays become more consumer-focused, I’ve had enough. If you want to take advantage of a few deals, our friends at Living on the Cheap will be covering Black Friday in a bit more detail this year.

For online shoppers, now’s the time to check out the early bird sales & limited-time deals offered during’s Black Friday deals, which are rarely limited to one day (though specific offers may only be available for a few hours).

This year, I’m behind on my shopping, but I do know that I’ll be relying on local businesses & artisans to find gifts. Want to join me? Here are a few places to add to your list:

And a reminder: Saturday, November 28, 2015, is Small Business Saturday. The good news: Many small businesses offer sales to get you in the door. The bad news: Unlike years past, American Express is no longer offering a credit for making purchases at participating businesses.

–Jennifer Maciejewski

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