Do you need to shop today? Yes? Think again – It’s Buy Nothing day ( UK)

Saturday 1391  – 30.11.2013

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Hiya all you people out there.. I got to my 2 years of blogging, here on 1500 Saturdays, 6 weeks ago and then had a break. I’ve been busy and joyfully preoccupied but more of that another time.

it's not me who buys too much

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I wanted to remind those in the UK that today, 30th November is Buy Nothing Day, a subject I have visited before but am unashamedly revisiting.

If you go out shopping this Saturday ask yourself whether you or the person you are buying a present for truly needs the item in question. Could you spend less or spend some of the money you’d intended to spend on something that will benefit others? Maybe through a Charity like Save The Children, Oxfam, WaterAid or TreeAid.. there are lots of charities to choose from.  Could you give more of your time rather than more of your money, Presence rather than Presents, or spend it on buying an unforgettable experience, maybe one to share with the person, rather than an object.

I’m not against Christmas  ( okay Bah Humbug!!) but for some years now I have been less and less enamoured with the commercialism, at this time of year,  that encourages greed in everyone.  If you must shop Buy Nothing organisation suggest you might like to shop locally and support Independent shops. Here’s a stat from their website which I have a link to at the bottom of this post – “For every £1 spent in an independent shop – 50p goes back into the local economy. For every £1 spent at a supermarket only five pence goes back into the local community.”

Interesting Stat that isn’t it?

Here’s another one in picture form..

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My final picture below shows very succinctly how I think our society has its emphasis in all the wrong places . 

I vote for less greed and more compassion every time.. Less is so often so much more.

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You can read more about Buy Nothing Day  here

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 As ever I welcome your thoughts.

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Saturday girl signing off.

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4 comments on “Do you need to shop today? Yes? Think again – It’s Buy Nothing day ( UK)

  1. I bought absolutely nothing:)

  2. I shop local as much as possible. It is difficult these days in the US, the big box stores have shut down so much of our local merchants. As for the craziness of this weekend, no thanks.

  3. Pranav Lal says:

    I don’t need to shop but I was looking around for something to buy and guess what, there is nothing interesting. None of the so called deals attract me, I have what I need. There is nothing that makes me go “wow! I must have this.”

  4. scillagrace says:

    Buy Nothing can be a lifestyle, not just a day! Steve hasn’t bought me a gift in all 5 years we’ve been together. But he’s given me such priceless things: love, honesty, respect, a place to live, etc. I haven’t bought my kids Christmas gifts for 2 years; when I did, I shopped at the Fair Trade store a few blocks from my home. On second thought: Steve has bought some used books and CDs that he gave me. I guess I think of that as part of the book resale business we’re in. Anyway, it’s easy not to shop. I’ve always hated shopping!

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