Let’s celebrate unspending

17 Nov

All of my American friends and family have been talking up Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving when shops open crazy early offering mad discounts and people lose their heads in the rush to spend, spend spend. Quite frankly, it sounds pretty hellish.

So this year I’ll be happily celebrating conscious unspending instead. Who needs Black Friday when you can have Buy Nothing Day 2012 instead? Just think of all the lovely unshopping you can do, all the brilliant free things in your life which are so much more fun than frantically shopping just because our economy depends on it…Hug someone you love. Read a book (even better if it’s from a library!). Take a walk and look at the sky. Cloud spotting is good for the soul. Or examine a tree. Especially good if the leaves are off and you can actually see the shape of the branches. Mmmm, I’m looking forward to Friday already!


6 Responses to “Let’s celebrate unspending”

  1. happyflowerwordzoo002 November 18, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    Important and significant holiday. Thanks for the reminder.

    • lowimpactmama November 18, 2012 at 10:14 am #

      It’s easy to unspend anytime but there’s something about Black Friday that will make it all the more satisfying!

  2. Madeleine November 19, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    I like this. I live in Canada and there is all sorts of nonsense about Black Friday here too…even though Canadians celebrated their Thanksgiving back in October so it doesn’t really have any relevance (though I guess we can’t ignore the giant neighbour next door.). I hate the spending frenzy that advertisers are trying to encourage so this is a great idea.

    • lowimpactmama November 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      I hate the spending frenzy too. I hate those “Only X shopping days til Xmas!” type “news” reports – so irritating! So like when I can support something like Buy Nothing Day.

  3. daisypearce November 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm #

    Fabulous – I know in New Zealand throughout November there is a movement to see if you can go without shopping in a supermarket for a month – obviously there is a catchier title to it than that, but it’s all about promoting shopping locally. I’m very tired so sorry to be so vague! Will put this date on my calendar, thank you!

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