Buy Nothing Day 2013

Nov 27, 2013 by

Everything is Fine -- Keep ShoppingBlack 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!

 

happy thanksgiving

 

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  • Color Me Frugal

    Wow, I didn’t know there was an official name for the movement and that it had a website and everything. I agree with you, Black Friday is nuts. It’s one thing if you really need something and you’ve been waiting a long time for the sales- but I think too often people get caught up in the frenzy of buying and just buy crap they don’t need just because it’s on sale.

    • http://mymoneycounselor.com/ Kurt @ Money Counselor

      Yes, the frenzy is part of the Black Friday marketing, that’s for sure. The ‘herd effect’…

  • EL @ Moneywatch101

    Cool organization I didn’t buy anything last year and will probably avoid the malls again this year. Cyber Monday is the best, free shipping and good deals that you may need from the convenience of your home.

    • http://mymoneycounselor.com/ Kurt @ Money Counselor

      Cyber Monday is far more my speed too. I have a great, always open parking space right in front of the shopping venue: my house! :)

  • Travis Pizel

    I shall shall also be observing International Buy Nothing Day today….well, I may go grocery shopping – does that count?

    • http://mymoneycounselor.com/ Kurt @ Money Counselor

      A guy’s gotta eat, go for it! :)

  • http://suburbanfinance.com/ Suburban Finance

    Haha, I want a full buy nothing month in January after all of this Christmas shopping! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind buying things for people but it puts a hiccup in my savings plans :)

    • http://mymoneycounselor.com/ Kurt @ Money Counselor

      Yep, December’s a big transfer of wealth from savers to retailers!

  • Pascal

    This is great. My buy nothing day is almost everyday.

  • Pascal

    What’s better than saving 90% on a Cool Jacket? Buy Nothing for 100% off!

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