It’s almost un-American to work on Labor Day unless you want to.
So as you plan for Monday – whether you’ll be sailing, shopping or grillin’ and chillin’ – work now so that your Labor Day stays labor-free.
See the list pages for pre-Labor Day planning tips.
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Make Monday all about couch time.
Have the relevant ‘TV Guide’ and local newspaper’s TV schedule in your hands ASAP.
It’s all about blocking. Make time for bathroom breaks and naps you don’t miss any of the action, whatever it is.
You’ll need: a six-foot party sub, your favorite munchies and accompanying dips and sauces, and, of course, a healthy supply of frosty beverages.
Nothing good on TV?
You can watch the insides of your eyelids just as well at one of our lovely beaches.
Think about it.
You can still lie down. Other than supplies, there’s no expense – or almost none. Somebody else can drive.
So spend the next day or so building yourself a Labor Day beach kit.
You’ll need: Beach towel or blanket, surf chair, umbrella, and cooler stocked with your favorite beach party foods and frosty beverages.
Shop ‘til you drop at the big Labor Day sales.
Plan your campaign now so that you hit all the big sales in the off hours – very early morning, lunch time, evening rush hour to beat shoppers taking advantage of the early-bird specials.
Concentrate on spending cash money or using debit cards. At the end of the trip total up your savings from your receipts and figure out how much farther your money went because you battled the crowds the smart way.
Finish off the back-to-school shopping season with more socks, underwear and play clothes, and so on, then get a jump on Christmas.
You’ll need: A copy of this weekend’s sales flyers, comfortable shoes, several shopping totes packed into one big one, and a supply of purse-sized munchies to eat while you rest and strategize about how to attack the next sale.
Great news! It’s already Labor Day at your local grocery store.
Host your backyard potluck responsibly by springing for the meat and the fixings.
Make lists of suggested contributions, and let your guests tell you what they’ll bring.
Pool resources to stockpile frosty beverages.
You’ll need: Grocery store sales flyers, coupons, a selection of meats including brats, Italian sausage, chicken and pork, sauces, potions, oils and rubs, grilling onions, squashes, tomatoes, etc.