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Happy Buy Nothing Day!!

post #1 of 14
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To those who don't know, tomorow is a holiday known as "Buy Nothing Day" (I think some places celebrate it today instead)

The point of it is not to necessarily buy absolutely nothing for a day but to take time to think about how we are spending our money and about the whole consumer culture.

It's a time to stop and think about what the consequence of our "buy things for the sake of buying things" culture on the environment and on our quality of life.
There are just too many people who spend their whole life working so that they can buy things that they don't really need and that they don't have time to enjoy because they are too busy working.
(Call me crazy, but there might be more to quality of life than the accumulation of stuff)
In the mean time, our planet is being polluted more and more to produce useless junk that will end up in overfilled landfills.

So in the spirit of the season, do something fun that doesn't require buying things. Spend some time with your loved ones, play with your kitties (or go to the shelter and play with homeless kitties), go for a walk (NOT at the mall! ), bake cookies...
Enjoy what you have, instead of thinking of things you want.

Have a happy Buy Nothing Day
(also known as the "Marie's yearly rant about over-consumerism day")
post #2 of 14
This will be a "buy nothing weekend" for me. It has been snowing for 24 hours straight, I have a miserable cold that I can't shake, the gearshift on our car is broken, and most of my Christmas shopping is done.
post #3 of 14
Sounds like a good idea to me!!
post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by marie-p
To those who don't know, tomorow is a holiday known as "Buy Nothing Day" (I think some places celebrate it today instead)

The point of it is not to necessarily buy absolutely nothing for a day but to take time to think about how we are spending our money and about the whole consumer culture.

It's a time to stop and think about what the consequence of our "buy things for the sake of buying things" culture on the environment and on our quality of life.
There are just too many people who spend their whole life working so that they can buy things that they don't really need and that they don't have time to enjoy because they are too busy working.
(Call me crazy, but there might be more to quality of life than the accumulation of stuff)
In the mean time, our planet is being polluted more and more to produce useless junk that will end up in overfilled landfills.

So in the spirit of the season, do something fun that doesn't require buying things. Spend some time with your loved ones, play with your kitties (or go to the shelter and play with homeless kitties), go for a walk (NOT at the mall! ), bake cookies...
Enjoy what you have, instead of thinking of things you want.

Have a happy Buy Nothing Day
(also known as the "Marie's yearly rant about over-consumerism day")
Sorry, Marie. I had to pick up some supplements for Lola at the drug store today. Otherwise, I would have been all over 'Buy Nothing Day'! Such a great idea!
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant
Sorry, Marie. I had to pick up some supplements for Lola at the drug store today. Otherwise, I would have been all over 'Buy Nothing Day'! Such a great idea!
That's ok. I actually had to do my groceries today
it's the spirit of the holiday that counts
post #6 of 14
Oh dear, I've let you down too. I had to buy 3 cases of cat food on the way home tonight!
post #7 of 14
Hmmmmmm. I don't think that buying needful items such as cat food or medicinal supplements breaks the spirit of "buy nothing" day. As I've always understood it, the purpose of the day is to remind you not to accumulate useless stuff, not to tell you not to buy food!! LOL! (although things like Cheetos might fall under the heading of things not to buy . . . . . )
post #8 of 14
Well, this is one holiday I would cheerfully celebrate! I am thankful that someone else shares my abhorition of needless spending. Okay, maybe I don't really need to add more stuff to my computer, but that is my one vice lately, and even then I am as thrifty as I can get away with.
Today we spent $150.00 taking Peekaboo to the vet and $30.00+ taking my neice to breakfast. I didn't consider that frivilous. I wouldn't have gone to a mall today on a bet.
post #9 of 14
Hear, hear! In the USA, it's usually the day after Thanksgiving - the big shopping day when people are busy stampeding into stores & stepping on each other to catch the deals in celebration of the modern Christmas spirit.


I always try to follow BND, because it tries to focus attention on what's really important in life.

This year, though, we ended up going out to dinner with family who came into town, so we did buy a restaurant dinner (we ordered small portions & ate it all, so we didn't waste the food). I hope that doesn't count either...we didn't accumulate any useless stuff, except for the fat that comes from all the extra calories in a plate of good Mexican food.
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by tuxedokitties
Hear, hear! In the USA, it's usually the day after Thanksgiving - the big shopping day when people are busy stampeding into stores & stepping on each other to catch the deals in celebration of the modern Christmas spirit.


I always try to follow BND, because it tries to focus attention on what's really important in life.
I don't remember hearing of this before. I didn't buy anything, but dh bought animal food, and brake pads to fix my car.

I really like the idea of buy nothing day. Yes, here in the US the day after Thanksgiving is the day to fight with people over the bargains, and buy more than anyone could possibly need!
post #11 of 14
Most of my week consists of buy nothing days!!! I'm making much more stuff for presents this yr since I have the time!!!
post #12 of 14
Whew! I bought so much stuff I thought my arms would fall off! Goodbye, college & emergency fund!






jk

I havent spent ten dollars in the past few days actually.
post #13 of 14
Sorry didnt read this in time.. I bought "kid" food....
post #14 of 14
Well thanks to all of you for staying out of the stores because they were crowded enough! Now I have all the Christmas gifts bought that need to be sent. Actually, I got most of them on Friday and did my power grocery shopping for the week on BND.
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