Here it comes again... that day of post Thanksgiving, deal-getting, stuff-buying, early-bird-door-busting, trampling, gotta-have-it shopping. For many of us in the United States, that day is known as Black Friday - the biggest and busiest shopping day of the year when many retailers give shoppers the "best deals" possible for the Christmas holiday season. How can that be bad, right? Well, our spending and consuming have reallly put us in a financial bad place. The average American adult will rack up nearly $1000
on his or her credit card during the Christmas shopping season. For two adult households, that's $2000 in credit card debt. To use Annie Leonard's terms, our Story of Stuff has now become our Story of Broke. The good news is, each of us has control over how much we spend. We can simply buy less. Luckily there is an answer to Black Friday. It's called Buy Nothing Day.
Buy Nothing Day started back in 1992 by Adbusters as a way to combat indiscriminate consumerism and to raise awareness of how much "stuff" we buy. It has since grown in popularity, although some may argue that point. Instead of shopping and buying more stuff on Black Friday, there are other money-free things we can do such as:
- Sleep in.
- Read a book.
- "Slow Your Roll" and enjoy some extra time at home with family or friends.
- Go for a nature walk.
- Donate your time to a local charity.
- Declutter your home and give some of your stuff to someone who really needs it. You can check out Goodwill, Salvation Army, or Volunteers of America to find locations near you.
- Share some extra food with a local food pantry.
- Any combination of the above!