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Buy Nothing Day


Biggest shopping day of the year and you're supposed to buy nothing -- and miss all those sales?! Let's follow at least the SPIRIT of this holiday -- if not the literal interpretation. Think about shopping the day after Thanksgiving -- is it because you really NEED all that stuff, or because society has institutionalized the experience? I know, you're buying holiday gifts. Are the holidays about going into massive credit card debt, or family and friends and good feelings? Are they about living up to a spending standard, or focusing on what's truly important in life? Shop because you get a positive benefit from the activity -- not because it is EXPECTED of you.

Some Practical Organizing Tips...

Start out the holidays with a BUDGET -- and stick to it. Before you head out, figure out how much you plan to spend on each person. If your total exceeds your budget, either reduce the number of gifts you will buy or the dollar amount per person.
Do your shopping at sales THROUGHOUT the year, rather than waiting until the holiday season is upon us. You will not only save money, but you will reduce the head-pounding stress of dealing with the mall on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Ask yourself if you have to BUY everyone a gift this year. Wouldn't your loved ones appreciate a hand-made gift just as much? Food is always a good present -- as are holiday crafts. And you get to put your own tender loving care into your gift-giving.

Do-It-Yourself Solutions...

Get Organized Newsletter
Check out past issues for tips on reducing your level of consumption

Organizers Toolbox
Checklists and tip sheets to help you spend less this holiday

What Is Your Time Worth?
Find out how much of your time is being wasted by unnecessary clutter

Do You Need To Get Organized?
Take this quick quiz to see if your life is a bit overstuffed

What Are You Doing To Get Organized?
Share your spending reduction strategies and techniques with others

The Latest Organizing Products
"Do-it-yourself" tools to help you take control of your spending (and more)

Useful Website Links...

A Simple Holiday To You
Resources for finding peace and joy in the midst of holiday commercialism

Adbusters
Official site of "Buy Nothing Day" -- explains the philosophy and practices

Buy Nothing Catalog
Humorous look at all the "things" you already have and can give for the holidays

Buy Nothing Christmas
Canadian initiative to de-commercialize Christmas throughout North America

Buy Nothing Day Activities
Clever activiies for classroom and home to teach kids about mass consumerism

Buy Nothing Day Quiz
Good Magazine has put together a quiz to test your shopping resolve

Can Money Buy What Matters This Holiday?
Resources on voluntary simplicity, anti-consumerism, and enjoying the holidays

Checklist For Shopping
Ask yourself these questions to decide whether you really need a purchase

Christmas Resistance
Devoted to trading in holiday consumerism in favor of giving love and care

Holiday Shopping Frenzy: A Bargain Is Not Always A Bargain
If you do buy something this day, use this advice to avoid going overboard

How To Buy Nothing
Experiment with the freedom of not buying and experience the joy of simplicity

Overcoming Consumerism
Some passionate opinions and resources for combatting consumerism

Resisting Advertising
Looks at how shopping would change without the commercials and all the hype

The Birth Of Buy Nothing Day
Historical perspective on the the start and international growth of the movement

Top 10 Homemade Holiday Gifts
Buy Nothing Day doesn't mean you can't give holiday gifts -- use some creativity

Virtual Cards
Send "Buy Nothing Day" cards to your friends this year


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