Buy Nothing Day – Plenty to Do in the Twin Cities
Support Your Local Shops on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday
5 Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts

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Buy Nothing Day – Plenty to Do in the Twin Cities

Buy Nothing Day was created as a way to protest the consumerism of Black Friday. This movement has been joined by the #optoutside movement, which was created by REI, who chooses to close on Black Friday so its customers can go outside instead of shopping. Others have renamed the day Green Friday to encourage socially uplifting activities over consumerism.

Celebrate "Buy Nothing Day" in the Twin Cities

Whatever you want to call the day after Thanksgiving, we can help you make it a family fun day. We’ve come up with some ideas for spending the day together that do not require shopping. If you are interested in Holiday shopping, we have some of those ideas here.

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Support Your Local Shops on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday

As we promised in our Buy Nothing Day article, we also have some ideas for shopping local on Thanksgiving weekend buy embracing the “Plaid Friday” or “Small Business Saturday” movements. Saturday is also “Indies First Day” at local bookstores.

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Plaid Friday on Black Friday

Buy It Local Twin Cities has embraced the Plaid Friday movement by providing a map of local stores that are open and offering special deals.  Instead of paying big bucks at the big box stores, Buy It Local and the local retailers are encouraging shopping local on Plaid Friday, November 23, 2018. And seriously dress up in plaid. You will receive discounts for wearing plaid.  (It seems perfect for a cold, Minnesota winter day to be wearing flannel.  Now I just need to pull mine from high school out of the depths of the closet. There are so many great deals at so many of the different shops around town. Music, refreshments, and deals.  You really can’t go wrong.

If you plan to shop the Grand Avenue shops in Saint Paul for Plaid Friday, don’t forget you can drop your kids off at the Red Balloon Bookshop for the Deck the Halls Holiday Workshop • Kids between the ages of 3 and 12 are invited to get holiday ready at this workshop. Parents can drop off kids from 2pm to 4pm while they enjoy Grand Avenue shopping. This program does require an RSVP.

Small Business Saturday / Indies First Day

Keep the local love going on Saturday, November 24, 2018, with these Small Business Saturday and Indies First Deals. Small Business Saturday, like Plaid Friday, is another chance to support small local businesses. Indies First is celebrated at local bookstores to bring together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores. 

RED BALLOON: Author Advice Booth & Bookstore Scavenger Hunt • 10am-4pm • Red Balloon Bookshop is planning a fun day of shopping with an Author Advice Booth to meet some of our fantastic local authors, and a Bookstore Scavenger Hunt.

 WILD RUMPUS: Indies First Celebration • 1pm-3pm • Local musicians Nicholas Jordan and Michael Keyes will help us bring in the season with music.

• BLUE SUN SODA• 10am-6pm • Free popcorn, free soda tastings, free Whistler Bottling tours: 11am,12, 1, & 2pm, 25¢ arcade games, $1 Bottles of Whistler Soda, launch of Billy’s Bubble Pop, Santa visit from noon-4pm, 


5 Ways to Get Minnesota Zoo Discounts

Visiting the Minnesota Zoo is not cheap, especially if you have a large family. Currently tickets for children over 2 years old cost $12.00 and adults cost $18.00. Plus, you will need to add on $7.00 to park, unless you bus or are lucky enough to live close enough to walk. A family of four will spend $67.00 even if you pack a lunch and avoid the gift shop. How does a family find Minnesota Zoo Discounts?

Minnesota Zoo DiscountsCoupons for the Minnesota Zoo are rare, but there are ways to get discounts. These are the best evergreen offers we have found. If you know of any others, drop us a line, we’ll share your suggestions with the community.

Verified and updated 11/8/2018.

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