Around the world today, consumers are celebrating Buy Nothing Day as an alternative to Black Friday.
The idea is to put materialism on hold, just for a day, at the very moment when the pressure to spend is most intense.
What is the point, given that most of us want to—and will choose (maybe have to) to buy gifts this season?
It's like hitting the pause button in the middle of a crazy, chaotic Olympic-scale spending event. It creates a sense of space, some breathing room that allows you to think about what's really going on here, what you want for yourself and your money as 2009 winds down.