National Buy Nothing Day: The day after Thanksgiving

Holiday shopping bags

Do you really want to get caught up in the massive crowds, wait in long lines, and get stressed buying items on sale for the season’s holidays on Black Friday; the big sales event around the U.S. the day after Thanksgiving?

Just about everyone loves to shop, which is terrific for the nation. But, for folks who collect lots of stuff and are in the process of getting organized, it’s a detrimental day. So, I encourage you to celebrate November’s National Buy Nothing Day – the same day many go out to observe Black Friday.

If you live with a lot of clutter, and perhaps are a compulsive shopper, but are taking steps to decrease your stuff, acquiring more gift items for yourself, for others this year, and to save for future giving, will bring on not only more troubles and perhaps anxiety, but will take away from Thanksgiving’s real purpose of being grateful for what you already have. 

Instead, for one day, lighten your stress levels and enjoy your family and friends, spend some time uncluttering your home, take a walk outdoors, go to a movie, or anything else enjoyable instead of shopping on Black Friday.  There will be other days that things will go on sale.


Stop Before You Buy Today

Cracked Corn

Last Sunday, I went to the Ocean State Job Lot store to purchase bird seed (Just cracked corn) as it was cheaper there than in other locations that sell bird seed. But, before I even came across the bird supply area, I noticed a shelf with really nice leggings that looked warm, comfortable and only $5.00 each. I bought one pair of leggings that were a golden tan color. Across from these leggings were some very nice scarves, so I bought one with a floral pattern that was reminiscent of autumn. Then, I walked into the home décor aisle, and proceeded to pick out one double sized set of winter bed sheets (fitted, flat & two pillow cases), a body pillow, and a large bathroom towel.

Finally, I made it to the bird supply area! Putting four, 5 pound bags of cracked corn and, yes, 6 blocks of suet in the shopping carriage, I headed to the check out register. On the way, I saw an aisle of reading glasses ranging from 100 to 300 vision. Trying on lots of eyeglasses for ten minutes was not lucrative; none looked good on me.

OK ….No more buying for me! I only went inside to get cracked corn! So, I pushed the cart to check out. Lucky for me, the total cost was only $70.00 – not too much financial damage.

But, shoppers beware! Not all stores have such bargains. Whatever stores you enter today – whether clothing, grocery, office or home goods – before buying something, ask yourself if you really need it. If you decide to make a purchase, get rid of two similar items to make room.

I am going to get rid of a large worn out towel, some old leggings, and a couple of raggedy sheets.

Let me know if you buy something, what you decide to get rid of!