Buy Nothing Day (the fourth Friday in November) is an international day of protest against consumerism celebrated annually just after American Thanksgiving. In 2012, November 23rd is dedicated worldwide to buying nothing.
If we want to participate, how about we take some time, in the spirit of Buy Nothing Day to reflect, evaluate, and plan our upcoming purchases. Ask yourself, when you shop, is it based on your needs and wants or just,” I gotta have that – now!”. Shopping requires funds from your bank account to cover the purchase cost. Credit cards make purchasing too easy when you have limited funds…. but the consequences of debt can be so painful.
So back to thinking about shopping for gifts for the holidays. Are the holidays about going into massive credit card debt, or is it mostly about family, friends and good feelings? The critic in your head may say you need to meet a certain spending standard when you shop. On a healthy note, you could think about the person you are shopping for, their favorite color, favorite things, music, sweets…and shop carefully within your defined budget for something you know they’d appreciate. The value is in the thoughtfulness, not the price tag.
Given the current economy, it wouldn’t be out of place to have a discussion with family and friends to suggest a spending limit per gift, or a limit on the number of gifts you exchange. Whatever you are comfortable with can work with a positive attitude and approach.