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Black Friday vs Buy Nothing Saturday

We all love Black Friday deals. 10% off, 20% off, 50%, 75%. Even the smallest of discounts have shoppers racing through the high streets, snatching up every bargain in sight. It’s almost here and the time is right to grab some Christmas presents for some discounted prices. But do you really need a new TVor does the reduced price tag tempt you?

Black Friday is on 26th November this year with Buy Nothing Day the day after. Buy Nothing Day is a protest against consumerism on the Saturday following the infamous Black Friday. Starting up in Canada back in 1992, Buy Nothing Day continues to battle back against the perceived need to empty your bank accounts on stuff you might later regret buying. You might be asking what you do on Buy Nothing Day other than the obvious. Here are some simple ways in which you can make a difference during the sales rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. 

Spread the word

You might know someone who participates in Black Friday every yearor you might be that someone. Do you need to go this yearor is it the FOMO making those Black Friday deals appealing?

Plan your Black Friday visit

Think to yourself if there is anything you need to get. Are the threads in your winter coat starting to come apart? Do you need to update your laptop to be more productive? Do you need to grab some presents for Christmas this year? Plan your visit the best you can. It’s so easy to swoon at the devilish deals on Black Fridayso it’s always good to write down a list of the things you actually need rather than browsing every aisle in the store.  

AKA, small business day

Buy Nothing Day sometimes shares its day with Small Business Day – a day to support some of your favourite small or local businesses. It is said that a small business owner does a little happy dance every time they receive a new order. Be the reason behind their happy dance rather than feeding the mouths of corporate giants! 

'Buy Nothing Day is a protest against consumerism on the Saturday following the infamous Black Friday.'

Donate

In America, the Buy Nothing Day Coat Exchange takes place to provide winter coats to those who need them. If you are tempted by the new winter collection, consider donating the ones you won’t likely be wearing this year.  

Join the protest

Protesting isn’t for everyonebut if you’re considering giving it a go, there are many ways to do so. Some people take to the stores and dramatically cut up their credit cards in front of shoppers. Some travel to the stores in an attempt to deter shoppers at the last second. But simply spreading the word is a good way to join the protest.  

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