Happy Thanksgiving 2011! Thanksgiving is a time to spend with your family and friends to eat a wonderful meal and give thanks to the Native Americans for helping the early settlers survive in the North American harsh lands. However, Thanksgiving holiday has turned into not only a time to give thanks, but a time to spend a lot of money on stuff. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and is known for being the number one day of the year that has the best deals. People wait in line for hours or even days to snag these deals, but what for? Do we really need to buy a bunch of stuff we don’t really need?
Well, I hope after eating all that turkey you are ready to fall asleep because that is exactly what you should do! Instead of going shopping on Black Friday, say no to consumerism and support Buy Nothing Day. Buy Nothing Day is a day to “unshop, unspend, and unwind.” Just relax and do nothing for yourself or the economy for the day. All the ads may say that these are the “lowest prices of the year and you cannot miss out on these steals!” but why give in? By supporting Buy Nothing Day, you will be saving many resources that must be extracted to produce stuff and you will also be saving a lot of money since you won’t be tempted into buying these “amazing deals.” Buy Nothing Day is not about changing your lifestyle for just one day, it’s about making a commitment for one day to hopefully open your eyes to make smarter choices for your future consumption choices. I know this may be hard, so if you can’t ultimately support Buy Nothing Day, then try cutting back on buying only the things you need. This will still save excess resources and some money in your wallet. Visit the Buy Nothing Day website to find out more information.