“Buy Nothing Until 2013” Challenge

Because I love my readers so much, you all get two posts today.  After perusing my RSS feeds, and catching up on other minimalist blogs, I stumbled upon the “Buy Nothing Until 2013” Challenge by Leo Babauta on his Zen Habits blog, which I love btw.  I wanted to share the link with you because I think I may be participating.


Every year companies start urging shoppers to spend all their money earlier and earlier. This year I saw Christmas decorations up in stores before Halloween and many stores started Black Friday on Thursday. They gave you ample opportunity to “buy, buy, buy,” “spend, spend, spend,” and go “broke, broke broke.” The whole overconsumption, commercialism, consumerism and generally irresponsible spending around the holidays, has gone way too far. I have refused to participate. I did stay home on Thursday and Friday, but I must admit, ordered a couple of things online (that I was planning to get anyway) on Cyber Monday.

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, I’m sure many of you are fraught with guilt from spending way too much, on too many once in a lifetime, AMAAAAAZING deals. I thought I’d give you some hope to get back in the black.

Whatever you’ve done over the past 5 days can most likely be reversed. You can take it all back. It’s not too late. You can still get money back to pay rent in 4 days. You can join me on the “Buy Nothing” challenge, starting retroactively from “Black Thursday.”

What do you think? Who’s in?