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Buy Nothing Day

The day after Thanksgiving, often known as "Black Friday," is also an internationally-recognized holiday called Buy Nothing Day.   Although this holiday was a week ago, it's not too late to challenge yourself, your family, and your friends to focus less on shopping and more on doing things that bring you joy and fulfillment this holiday season. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Does your “to do” list have you constantly running, buying, doing and getting? Instead, pursue those activities that energize and revitalize you. Starting today, make a few conscious choices to spend your time and energy differently.

Find yourself running to multiple stores or making online purchases each week to get all those great sale items? Make the decision to try a few weeks without reading all those promotional emails that pummel you with deals, deals, deals. Make a running list of the items that you absolutely cannot live without; pledge to purchase only items that are on that list. You’ll be amazed at the time and money you save!

Rather than buying a live tree that gets thrown away, consider decorating a tree in your yard that can be enjoyed beyond the holiday season.


Send your holiday greetings or photos electronically this year and donate the money you would have spent to a charitable organization instead. 

When you spend money, you’re bound to accumulate clutter. Clutter takes up time, space, energy, and/or money without providing any tangible benefit. Consider the time and effort it takes to care for your belongings. Could you think of better ways to spend your time?


Before you buy, think about what's truly important to you. What brings you joy, satisfaction, and fulfillment? Try to look beyond the initial “thrill of the purchase” and see what provides deeper moments of meaning.


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