Buy nothing day

I think it’s safe to say that, mostly, we’ve been trained to think the day after Thanksgiving is about how much stuff we can obtain. And, I don’t know if you heard, but there’s this idea of the day after Thanksgiving being a day of Buy Nothing. To each their own on these days but to me they seem very strict and an all or nothing type of mentality.


That’s not my style.


I believe life is more beautiful when I can have a little bit of both ways. And when talking shopping, I like to blend these by thinking about intentional buys vs obligated buys. Intentional buys, to me, are about the values behind the item or why I’m buying it. Intentional or values based buying can help to reduce decision fatigue, overwhelm and FOMO by strategically limiting options.


Here’s a quick list of how to buy with more intention:

  • Who is it for?

  • What do they value-like-appreciate-talk about-notice-interested in?

  • When and where will they use it?

  • Why am I buying this? Necessity/practical? Obligation? Emotional/memory/connection?

  • How much am I paying? How often will it need to be replaced-repurchased?


Just like a meal plan can streamline a grocery trip, these questions can be used to work towards a stress-less holiday season. And if you want a direct line of intentional buys click here to see the checklist of ‘the why’ behind buying Switch Stitch.