I do not participate in Buy Nothing Day.
I know, how un-cool of me.
here’s the thing. I never used to go shopping on Black Friday – or at any point between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, except for groceries. Then I opened a business. That year, I went to JoAnn’s at 6 am for 86 cent flannel.
And then, as long as we were getting out anyway, we decided to stop at a few other stores that had good deals on things we were looking for anyway.
Last year, for example, we bought my mom’s new TV (which she needed, if you recall, because she was going to spend half her day stuck in bed hooked up to her dialysis machine and could barely see the small TV she owned at that time because her eyesight was so bad) for a fantastic price at Office Depot the day after Thanksgiving. We also swung through Toys R Us (which was empty at 8 when we were there) to get a robot for Wally for Christmas, which he ADORED.
This year, we got some blank media (DVDs, CDs, and memory cards) that we’ve been needing. I hoped to also get an update to Photoshop at Staples, but we didn’t go until 5 PM and they were all out. We’ve been looking at Photoshop for about a year. We’re about 5 versions behind.
We’ll also be swinging through Toys R Us today to see if they have any of their HotWheels racetracks or Star Wars Transformers left – both things W would love for Christmas.
I have nothing to gain from taking an arbitrary stand against shopping on any given day. I make the vast majority of our presents, but we buy some, too. And we may as well get more for less by buying during sales.