Well if you have lots of money and job security, go on a shopping spree! And try to by local products at local shops.
But if you're just doing okay and have a stable home environment, adopt a pet. They are the silent victims of the foreclosure crisis. Many families have had to give up their dogs and cats in order to find a new place to live. There have even been stories of families visiting their beloved pets at the shelter until they were adopted.
If you are looking for a animal companion, please consider adopting a pet from a humane society or other shelter instead of from a breeder.