Buy Nothing Day is a challenge to consumers to stop consuming for 24 hours and it just happens to fall on one of the busiest shopping days of the year--Black Friday. The idea is that we don't really need the crap that's on sale, but we're so programmed to want it that there's a knee-jerk reaction by most that leads us blindly to the mall, credit card in hand. Buy Nothing Day is a chance to liberate yourself from over-consumption and the debt that follows, as well as do the planet a favor by just chillin' at home, rather than driving from store to store to collect a bunch of disposable goods.
Give it a try--don't go shopping the day after Thanksgiving. This means no grocery shopping, no ducking out for anything. No online shopping, either. Don't spend a single penny. Keep your hard-earned money for yourself. Appreciate the things you have. Spend the day with your family, instead. Unplug yourself from the machine and just be for a day.
Our commitment to participate in Buy Nothing Day was permanently engrained in us when a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death last year at 5am on Black Friday. In the rush to get in the doors for the oh-so-great bargains, the Wal-mart customers knocked down and killed an employee. He died and the store remained open. The same people that pushed to get past and climb over his dying body got to finish their shopping and suffered no consequences for their truly horrendous actions. All in the name of Christmas...the most wonderful time of the year, right?