Will You Take Part in International Buy Nothing Day?

@Louc74 (620)
November 17, 2009 3:43am CST
I can't believe I've never heard of this before! Buy Nothing Day started in America in the early 90s, and everyone can take part as long as they buy absolutely nothing for a 24 hour period on 28th of November, to challenge consumer culture, and get people out and doing other stuff besides spending their hard earned cash on items they probably don't need. Personally, I think I buy things without thinking about it, so being really aware for a whole day, and keeping a hold of my purse strings might help me to be more aware of my spending habits, so I'm definitely going to give it a go. I might end up having my own Buy Nothing Day on a weekly basis. Lol! Will any of you give it a go?
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@artistry (4154)
• United States
17 Nov 09
...Hi Louc74, The "Buy Nothing Day" is probably a good idea during times of prosperity, but with the recession not quite over in a lot of areas, and people not spending money as they have been in the past, it would be a better idea to have a "Buy More Day" at this time. We need to improve on the economic conditions, not add to the demise. So better in my humble opinion to go out and buy, buy, buy. Not a good time to buy nothing. Take care.
@Louc74 (620)
18 Nov 09
Hi Artistry. I actually think we're heading for the closest thing to a depression we've seen in our time, so I feel it's going to get a lot worse anyway. But at the moment, the high street stores aren't really suffering, according to the poll results I've seen anyway. The ones who are are those who've been reckless with credit. But anyway, lol! From a personal view, it might just be a learning experience, to wean me off my bad, impulsive spending habits!
@artistry (4154)
• United States
18 Nov 09
...Hi there again Louc74, I kind of disagree with you. I think we were on the verge of what you are saying about six or seven months ago. We are crawling out of the hole now. We will probably slip back again before we fully recover, but growth is taking place. Banks are still failing here, but if you look at the stock market which measures the outlining months, there is a little good news out there. If doing a buy nothing day will help you, then by all means do it. Take care.
@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
17 Nov 09
I never heard of this day before either. I try to be a responsible spender with my money and I do agree that people today are very materialistic. I also didn't know that this week was Green week either. lol. So I will try to help the environment too by not buying stuff.
@Louc74 (620)
18 Nov 09
Hi, Nijolechu. Well, the buy nothing day is tied in with being green as well, trying to raise peoples awareness of consumer items they buy, and don't need, without even thinking about it, which I'm definitely guilty of! Maybe Turn Everything Electrical Off Day would be good! Lol!
• China
18 Nov 09
As your logic,i think eating nothing day is also viable,LoL.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
17 Nov 09
Hi Lou, I have plenty of days when I buy nothing anyway so I don't need an international day for it and think if everyone did it at the same time it would be a bit silly as all the shops would be paying for idle staff who would be really bored. I'm rather at the stage anyway of only buying things I really need and when I think I might be tempted in town I deliberatly set off to do the supermarket shop (essential of course) to arrive in siesta time when the other tempting shops are closed. Only the supermarkets stay open after 1.30 here and the other shops shut then and don't reopen until the evenings. Also there's less queues as more people are at home sleeping. Town shuts completely on Sundays, our local supermarket opens illegally and now and again the owner gets carted off by the police but he still manages to open 365 days a year.
@Louc74 (620)
18 Nov 09
'Lo Thea! Yeah, I have those days as well, especially now money is tight, but I think being more aware of it, and actually making an effort not to buy anything might make me more aware. I think they're aiming for as many people as possible, so yeah the staff would have nothing to do, which would be a downside. It actually sounds quite refreshing to think of where you live not having shops which open too late - here, we have shops open 24 hours, which just encourages spending on totally needless things. It might be a better idea for overly consumptive countries, like Britain, and the US, but Greece doesn't sound like it needs to be taught that lesson.
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
18 Nov 09
Hi Lou, yes Greece isn't filled with shoppers for the sake of shopping. One of the things I like here is that it is so less materialistic and not into having all the latest designer stuff. Having the shops shut for half a day can be an inconvenience if arriving just a bit too late to get everything done as planned, as it either means waiting around until they reopen or going back, and in my case it's an hour each way over a mountain. I think it will become more materialistic but it will certainly have a long way to go. The mall type shopping centre culture has completely passed us by with most shops still being individually owned and only the odd chain like the 'Body Shop' appearing. At least it makes shopping here a unique experience and we don't find every street littered with the same shops making every town exactly like the last one.
@singlemommy (2953)
• United States
17 Nov 09
Wow! That would be extremely hard. I mean, I'm always thinking of something I need on a daily basis. I'm not saying that I go shopping every day but I do almost everyday. I'm not sure if I would be able to do it or not. Good luck on your buy nothing day!
@Louc74 (620)
18 Nov 09
Hi singlemommy! Lol! I know what you mean. Even if I don't go to the shopping centre every day, I usually pop into a little local store for one thing or another. but thinking about this is making me aware that I usually go in for something I don't need, but I'm anticipating having to stop myself a few times. I'm actually thinking I might get halfway through the day, and pop to the shop without even thinking about it! I'll have to be totally on top of myself the whole day! Lol! Thanks for the luck!
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
17 Nov 09
Not on this day... is this right after Thanksgiving? I have already gone thru at least a day where I didn't buy anything but I had no reason to. I will be taking advantage of some of the sales likely over the next weekend.
@Louc74 (620)
18 Nov 09
Hi, Mommyboo. Ummm I'm not sure when thanksgiving is - we don't celebrate it over here. Aaaahhh, sales are different altogether! Lol! Gotta take advantage of the sales! I hope you get a couple of bargains!
@jb78000 (15173)
17 Nov 09
it's a good idea in a way as it draws people's attention to the amount of tat they buy without thinking - on the other hand it is impractical if you actually need to buy something that day, and businesses will hate it of course. i think if it encourages people to have their own buy nothing days each week, or stop buying unnecessary rubbish altogether, then it'd be a success. like no-smoking day it brings attention to something people don't often think about.
@Louc74 (620)
18 Nov 09
Hi, Judith. Yup, I'm one of those people Lol! I think you'd have to be aware in the run up to it as well - it wouldn't be any use if you just stocked up the day before on all the stuff you think you might be depriving yourself of on the day. What you suggest is what I'm planning, to really be aware of how much useless stuff I pick up at the shops without even thinking about it. Hopefully it'll save me a fortune becoming more aware of it.
@sblossom (2170)
17 Nov 09
I just heard the day today from your topic. i thin it's a good idea. I definitely will take part in it. also i would let my husband knowing it. I'm sure he would like to support the day and stay at home to watch his foodball games instead of going out with me for shopping. i also try to change my lifestyle,however sometimes shopping can bring happiness for me, although it can't last long.
@Louc74 (620)
18 Nov 09
Hi Blossom. Awww, you're meant to get out and do something interesting instead of spending! Lol! I think for me, it'll be interesting to actually stop myself from popping to the shop to buy a magazine, or a chocolate bar that I don't need anyway, so I'm giving it a go as well.
• Italy
17 Nov 09
On a weekly basis, I have at least 5 buy nothing days, so I don't see the reason to celebrate just one, but it's a good initiative by itself, let alone, I wish it produces some results other than 'being nice'.
@Louc74 (620)
18 Nov 09
Hi, Paleorainy. You're obviously a sensible shopper - I do tend to pick up little things without thinking about it, then think "Where did all my cash go?" Lol! So it might be a good starting point for me to begin being more aware. Hopefully it'll help people become a bit more aware of their spending habits, and the green issues surrounding consumerism as well.
@Sandra1952 (6052)
• Spain
17 Nov 09
I've never heard of this either, but I do have a friend who is a Mormon. She doesn't buy anything on Sundays, as Sunday is a family day, and the reasoning is that if nobody went shopping, the shop workers could also spend the day with their families. These days, this is unworkable, as so many people see shopping as a leisure activity rather than a necessity. I like the idea of a Buy Nothing Day, and I certainly have at least one day a week when I don't go out, so effectively I buy nothing, unless I may do some online shopping. It should be given more prominence, as it is a good way to teach us the difference between what we need and what we want. If you don't shop on a day when you usually hit the mall, you won't starve overnight, so the shopping trip would have been to buy things you wanted, rather than things you needed.
@Louc74 (620)
18 Nov 09
Hi, Sandra. I didn't know that about Mormons either. I'm quite an impulse buyer - not huge purchases, but lots of little things that I don't even think about, so though I've probably got quite a few days where I don't buy anything, being aware of it for a full 24 hours might do me a bit of a favour, making me more aware! But, yeah, you're right - it could be a good learning tool if more people were aware of it.
@hvedra (1623)
18 Nov 09
I do but I have a lot of "Buy Nothing" days and even weeks. I think it is a good idea because it helps people focus on what they are buying and why. A lot of people shop for habit rather than something specific. I think in one survey they found that 30 per cent of people at the Mall had just gone there out of habit rather than to get something in particular. That's a bit scarey, there's plenty of stuff people can do without spending money let alone money on impulse buys that they don't really need or want. I also wish there were a few more days per year when the stores were closed. My sister in law always goes to the Boxing Day sales (I'd say THAT was her religious activity at Christmas!) dumping the kids on grandma and disappearing all day. At the same time she throws a fit if her employer asks her to come to work during Christmas week complaining it is "family time". The irony of this escapes her totally even when it has been pointed out to her.
@hisoka147 (606)
• Philippines
18 Nov 09
This is also the very first idea that I ever heard about. To Buy nothing on a certain specified day. Anyway, I think I would like to give a go to check on how will I end up if I could make it or not. If the result is something that I can not get a hold on the string of my purse then there is really something wrong about my spending habits. And when I passed without spending anything from the rest of the day then that means that I have a good spending attitude.
@lindiebiz (1013)
• Canada
18 Nov 09
This is very good for shopaholics for me I just stay at home and watch TV. Its a very good idea.
@rg0205 (2638)
• Hong Kong
18 Nov 09
Well, this is actually the first I've heard of this. I'm from HK, that's why. Interesting. I think I can do it if I'm home and if I wasn't working so then I would have to spend for transportation or lunch.