I agree Sally.
Why have a buy nothing day, if you are careful and thoughtful about what you buy in the first place.
We not only look at what we need and when we need it, but we look at the alternatives and the impact upon others around us when we buy.
(For instance, we needed a new vaccum cleaner, we could have bought it for £20 less on the internet than at a local independant dealers.
We went to the shop and said "We can buy this for £20 less elsehwere, what can you do about it?" In the end they dropped the price by £5 and saved us having to lug it home by dropping it off for us the following morning.
Yes..we were technically out of pocket, but we supported a local business and they are always happy to 'negotiate' over prices on other items now, so in the long term it has saved us on other items we needed.)
Sometimes paying over the odds is worth it in the long run, if you get to know people, then they are more likely to do small favours for you in return.
We use the local farm shop, he's also a garage and sells other bits and pieces.
We don't get charged for the circlip we needed for the car, the half a dozen screws we were short and we also get given the odd things heading up to their sell by date for nothing.
I tell you, the amount of things we've had from them for 'free' far out ways the little extra we had to pay for his fresh produce.