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Buy Nothing Day

What do you think about setting aside one day a week, a month or a year to buy nothing. Not a coffee, not a muffin, not a thing. No filling up your tank or getting your teeth cleaned. Just being happy with what you have already, if even just for 24 hrs.


The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. -Elise Boulding

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. -Lao Tzu


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


3 thoughts on “Buy Nothing Day

  1. I think that’s a good idea in theory. What we should do is take a critical look at every purchase we make. Myself personally, I dislike shopping and grudgingly replace things that are broken or worn out (except for yarn). Most of the population believes that it is an enjoyable adventure and go shopping for something to do. Not because they need to replace an item, but because they are bored and need “retail therapy” Less than 80 years ago, it was a rare to own more than one pair of shoes, one jacket, and if you were really lucky one television. What happened?

    What I do know is that I am not alone in my thinking and this gives me comfort. I thank Stephanie for her blog and my fellow blog readers. We will make the changes, we will teach our children and we will plant the seed in other peoples thoughts. Now I just need Stephanie to end my comment with one of her clever quotes 🙂

    Posted by Sarah Tobin | April 5, 2012, 9:30 am
    • Thanks Sarah! You are always teaching me ways to be less wasteful. Among other things, you taught me to make a pile of homemade pancakes/waffles and then freeze them to make for happier, healthier, faster, and more cost effective breakfast-time.

      With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy. -Lope de Vega

      Posted by stephanieough | April 5, 2012, 5:28 pm


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