We all know that Friday is Black Friday, and many, many people will be fighting over the 20 percent discount on the big screen TV, that was actually marked up 50 percent, but whatever…
Friday is also Buy Nothing Day. It’s been around since 1992. Instead of Black Friday shopping, you’re supposed to spend no money at all, and go do something fun that’s free – sounds like a lot more fun already!
Buy Nothing Day is a sort of anti-Black Friday alternative. Believe it or not, it’s been a thing now for 30 years. A guy in Canada started it in 1992 as a, quote, “day for society to examine the issue of overconsumption.” It was originally in September, but was moved to Black Friday in 1997.
The main way to celebrate is to just buy nothing all day! And of course, you’re encouraged to go out and do something fun that’s free. Take a hike, ride your bike, play a game of monopoly with the family – which will take all day, anyhow. The truly devoted have also done things like going to shopping malls and cutting up their credit cards. So that’s definitely another – dramatic – option.
If you ARE shopping on Black Friday, I won’t judge. But, try to save a little bit for the next day, because it’s Small Business Saturday. Small local businesses will welcome your business. A poll found 64% of us feel guilty for shopping at big chains, and big box stores.
If you feel like dragging it out, Monday is Cyber Monday.
But – probably most important is Tuesday, which is Giving Tuesday. So please hang on to a few dollars to donate to your favorite charity.
Whether you participate in Buy Nothing Day by relaxing at home with your TV, or doing some weird performance art at a mall with your emo friends, I hope you’ll take the time to consider the merits of this national anti-shopping day, and donate what you save a few days later, on Giving Tuesday.
Happy *non* shopping!!!
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