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I think I have discovered my favourite day of the year, National Buy Nothing Day. The event originated in Canada in the early 1990’s and is traditionally celebrated the day after Thanksgiving Day.
In essence, Buy Nothing Day, was established, by Canadian artist, Ted Dave, as an anti-consumerism protest against Black Friday (also today). Shoppers are encouraged to cut up their credit cards, hide their wallets and purses, and have a day spending nothing.
As a fully paid member of the S.N.M.S (Skinflint Northern Male Society), having a day spending nothing is music to my ears. Men from the North of England are RUMOURED to have deep pockets and tilt alarms fitted on their wallets. Possibly why some northern men turn to writing, attracted by writing’s low cost and minimum overheads.
Reasons to avoid Black Friday
When you read about the downsides to Black Friday, celebrating National Buy Nothing Day is a safer option. Consider these Black Friday facts.
Since its inception, 17 people have died and 125 people have been injured, shopping on Black Friday. Believe it, or not, there is a website collating up to date figures – visit here.
Injuries caused by shopping on Black Friday include concussions and broken bones from parking space disputes, crush injuries from queue stampedes, and instore injuries; crushed by boxes and slammed by trollies / carts.
12 per cent of Black Friday Shoppers are drunk.
Black Friday is the busiest day for plumbers (you can draw your own conclusions).
So today, the wallet and credit cards are going into the deepest draw. All Black Friday offer emails are pinging into my computer trash box. I am heading for the safety of a net zero spend day. Are you tempted by Black Friday, or joining me in a National Buy Nothing Day celebration? I would be interested to know.