Some extremely self-righteous folks will tell you that “buy nothing day” means just that: buy nothing. Don’t use the Internet (that’s buying access), don’t watch cable (that’s buying TV), don’t go to the movies, eat out, go to the grocery or make a trip to the hardware store.
Those of us without our heads firmly planted up our asses realize that the intent of buy nothing day is to remove us from consumer culture, to actively decline to participate in the locust like devouring of resources and trashing the planet.
So today while I will put money into the economy in the form of doing my regular, weekly grocery shopping (seriously, do kitty litter, milk, eggs, and maxi pads contribute to consumer culture?) I’m also not rushing out to the mall to buy a lot of stuff that I don’t really need and have no place to store.