BUY NOTHING DAY – Day After Thanksgiving

BUY NOTHING DAY – Day After Thanksgiving
(Last Updated On: January 4, 2023)

BUY NOTHING DAY – Day After Thanksgiving


Buy Nothing Day is observed annually on the day after Thanksgiving. This day is part of a movement against consumerism, urging the world to change their purchasing habits, to consume and produce less. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #Buy Nothing Day

Instead of shopping, stay home, and relax.

Or you can try these ways to show support for the day.

  • Cut up credit cards.
  • Do a Whirl-mart – the act of disrupting others shopping by pushing your shopping cart around a store over and over while purchasing nothing.
  • Organize a Christmas Zombie walk – a visual expression of the obsession consumers have with Black Friday deal.
  • Balance your checkbook.
  • Read a book about counter-consumerism like the Empire of Things by Frank Trentmann.
  • Clean out your closet.
  • Donate or volunteer at a local food pantry. 

Use #BuyNothingDay to post on social media.


Buy Nothing Day originated in Canada in September of 1992 as a way to protest the frenzy of Black Friday shopping. In 1997, the day’s founder, artist Ted Dave, moved the day to the Friday after Thanksgiving to correspond with one of the most popular shopping days in the United States.

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