Buy Nothing Day

Nov 21, 2012 by


Everything is Fine -- Keep ShoppingYou know what I find liberating? Ignoring Black Friday (among other things). Declining to be manipulated by the massive holiday retail machine is liberating. You don’t have to participate! You can choose to reclaim your holidays. You can choose to spend Friday enjoying family and friends. You could take a long walk, read that book you haven’t had time for, watch the Lord of the Rings movies, or make piles of leaves in your yard with your kids.

Buy Nothing Day

From the Buy Nothing Day organizational website:

 This November 23rd, go cold turkey on consumption for 24 hours … see what happens … you just might have an unexpected, emancipatory epiphany!

 

Buy Nothing Day is legendary for instigating this type of personal transformation … as you suddenly remember what real living is all about … you sense an upsurge of radical empowerment and feel a strange magic creeping back into your life.

 

Join millions of us in over 60 countries on November 23/24 and see what it feels like. Then, after Buy Nothing Day, take the next step … for generations, Christmas has been hijacked by commercial forces … this year, let’s take it back.

Have a Fun Thanksgiving!

Enjoy your holiday and time with your family!

happy thanksgiving

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  • Jason @ WorkSaveLive

    Love it! I’m not sure if I ever have gone out on Black Friday and spent money. I know the past 3 years I haven’t…but I can’t remember prior to then. Woohoo! Go buy nothing day!

  • It’s funny that we need to be reminded to take a day to “Buy Nothing”. I don’t buy anything on most days – and how many fridges and TVs does a person need anyways? For myself, I am not planning on shopping this Black Friday.

    • Yes–spending money, for the sake of spending money, seems for some to be as much a daily requirement as breathing!

  • John S @ Frugal Rules

    I love the idea. However, I think it’s too engrained in our culture to stop really. We’ll not be going out and spending any money though, and it does feel quite good to know we’re not giving in to all the hype and hysteria.

  • Andy Hough

    I don’t know if I will “buy nothing” on Black Friday but I won’t be going to any Black Friday sales.

  • Great post. I love the concept. Being in Canada I can’t really take advantage of Black Friday so I am pretty safe. I tend to get things when I need them and only then, not when there are necessarily sales or if I don’t need them.

    • Just one of many awesome things about Canada!

  • I didn’t know this was an actual thing, but I definitely held up to my end of the bargain this year! Didn’t buy a thing on Black Friday, but shopped heavily on Small Business Saturday at all local stores!

  • I’m a fan! I dislike Black Friday and don’t really like to shop.

  • Shilpan

    Smart people think alike, Kurt! I can’t believe with you anymore. I love your thoughts about spending time with your family rather than spending time to enslave your freedom.

  • I sure didn’t shop on Black Friday! Well, at least not for what most people buy. For me, it was a quick trip for needs, not wants. No Black Friday hype here.
    As for the no spend day, I like the idea! It’s great to be able to celebrate responsible decision making, and a humble, needs-based (not wants-based) life.

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