Buy Nothing Day 2013
Black Friday? Who cares. The one day of the year I would never go near any retail establishment is Black Friday. The consumerism frenzy makes me dizzy, confused, grumpy, and feeling stupid and used. Instead, as usual I’ll be observing International Buy Nothing Day. From the organizational website:
The journey toward a sane sustainable future begins with a single step. It could all start with a personal challenge, such as this: make a vow to yourself to participate in Buy Nothing Day this year. This November 29th, 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 29/30 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.
Why not give it a try this year and see if you “feel a strange magic creeping back into your life”? Or if you do venture out into the madding crowds this holiday weekend, remember the Money Counselor shopping creed:
BUYING STUFF YOU DON’T NEED ON SALE DOES NOT SAVE MONEY!