Buy Nothing Day on Nov. 23

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So I've vowed not to write any more holiday shopping related posts until after Thanksgiving -- but I won't be writing about shopping on Nov. 23 either. Why? Nov. 23 is Buy Nothing Day!

What is Buy Nothing Day? It's a 24-hour moratorium on consumer spending -- held on the day after Thanksgiving, perhaps the most popular shopping day of the year.

So much to do on Buy Nothing Day -- and so free too! I forget what I did lat year, but the year before I was dogsitting a cute black dog called Joey. We went for a walk, ripped up a dollar bill (later re-taped to use on a different day), and finished a crossword puzzle --

Psyched for Buy Nothing Day? Start an event of your own! htstudent at Garden Route Therapy raves about a productive clothing exchange she went to last year. Christine Sine at Godspace big ups Make Something Day -- instead of shopping for stuff, learn a new skill and make something beautiful! And Stacy Stokes at eco street links you to many other interesting suggestions for making the day memorable.

And if you're in San Francisco, continue not shopping on Sat., Nov. 24 to attend the "Really Really Free Market" -- described as "a giant potluck, made up of ideas, food, music, books, skills, games and many other resources" where everything's absolutely free!

For more inspiration, go see "What Would Jesus Buy?," A new documentary by Morgan Spurlock (of "Supersize Me" fame) that's hitting theaters in the next few weeks. This film follows Rev. Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping through their hilarious assault on rampant consumer spending.

BlogHer Contributing Editor Siel also blogs for the Los Angeles Times at Emerald City, and at


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