"Pepper spraying your fellow shoppers over a TV? No thanks."
How I did it: I've never really been a heavy shopper, but especially after seeing the ridiculousity of the advertising behind this year's Black Friday sales, I was just disgusted with the entire idea. I'm not any particular fan of Adbusters, but I am appalled when I watch the news footage of people throwing elbows and trampling each other to get an Xbox. This is the sort of behavior generally associated with the overthrow of a political regime, not with a day of shopping.
So I bought nothing today. No gas, no groceries, nuffum. Yes, this required planning in advance. Yes, it was worth it. And instead of buying anything, I made a donation to Environment California's campaign to save our state parks.
Lessons & tips: Quite frankly, if you need to stand in line in the freezing cold at midnight to be able to afford that home theater system, you probably shouldn't be buying it anyway. Doesn't spending the time with your family (or sleeping!) mean way more to you than any sale-priced big-ticket item you could possibly purchase?
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