5 Reasons to Celebrate Buy Nothing Day

by Wen Lee   |   November 17, 2011

Buy Nothing Day Santa

Why celebrate Buy Nothing Day?

  1. If everyone in the world consumed as much as the average American, we would need 5 planet Earths. It's time to downshift.
  2. Thanksgiving is about appreciating and enjoying the blessings in your life - not about leaving your family right after dinner to go shopping.
  3. Standing around in the middle of the night in a parking lot is a pretty silly idea, if you think about it.
  4. No matter how amazing the sales are, you'll save more money by not shopping at all.
  5. The stress, rush, and hype are not worth it. How many days before the novelty of a shiny new iThing wears off? Isn't it time we focused our attention on things that are meaningful and long lasting (hint: family, friendships, community) — and don't drain our wallets?

All around the world, people will be celebrating Buy Nothing Day to take a stand against rampant consumerism and reclaim the holidays. What will you be doing on November 29?

For more about Buy Nothing Day, check out the Adbusters campaign.