As consumers rush to stores for Black Friday sales and frantically enter credit card numbers into online checkouts, others are marking the frenzied post-Thanksgiving shopping day as a day to “Buy Nothing.”
"Buy Nothing Day isn’t just about changing your habits for one day it is about rediscovering what it means to live freely," according to
The magazine encouraged people to organize a credit-card cut up or a zombie walk through a mall to boycott mass spending during the holidays.
On social media, many encouraged people to take a harder look at the things they are purchasing on Black Friday and decide whether they need the products.
Happy #buynothingday! Big Ads can't make us spend money we don't have on crap we don't need, made by exploited people, to end up in landfill— Diana Toynbee (@diana4hereford) November 25, 2016
Others noted the irony in expressing thanks for everything you have one day, and hours later turning around and trying to get more.
Even if you aren't protesting consumerism, you can always decided to #OptOutside instead of jumping on the Black Friday bandwagon.