Christmas / Conscious living / Relationships

Shop Local this Holiday Season

shop localI love some things about this Solstice, Hannukah, Chrismas, Kwaanza season.  It’s truly the season of good cheer and well wishes but times are hard. No one is flush with money. Everyone is reluctant to increase their debt.

Local business people and charities make a significant positive contribution to the quality of life in our communities all year round.  Shopping local is the first step towards ensuring community success and security in a competitive global market and I’m shopping local. How about you?

1. Shop local and keep money in your community

Dollars spent in locally-owned business have up to three times the impact on the community as those spent at corporate chains.  For every dollar spent for retail goods and services within the community there’s strong multiplier effect. Every dollar that a community member spends outside the community diminishes the economic health of the community.

2. Shop local and and keep jobs in your community

Shopping locally helps maintain jobs in the community preventing outsourcing and the outflow of economic wealth. Locally owned businesses may be more motivated to give workers better wages and benefits.

3. Shop local and keep the tax flow community based

Chains can drain tax revenue from communities when governments hand out millions in subsidies to national businesses, nominally in the interest of “job-creation.” Independent businesses pay more local, provincial and federal taxes than mega-corporations do, keeping the tax flow community-based.

4. Shop local and keep the scale small and livable

Local owners are typically more invested in thoughtful, livable planning for their communities, and their stores often require less physical space than corporate chains in suburban shopping centers.

5. Shop local and keep the decision making local

Local ownership means that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions.

6. Shop local and and keep the social experience and customer service

Providing excellent customer service is the way local businesses set themsleves apart from chain stores.  Shopping at local stores makes them a destination for socializing. Local businesses help build strong communities by linking citizens and supporting local causes.  They donate a significant portion of their revenues to local non-profit groups, sports teams, cultural activities and other important causes.

7. Shop local and keep local farmers in business

Many chain supermarkets have appalling ethics, particularly in their relationships with farmers in other countries. Purchasing from local farmers keeps them in business and places ethically grown fresh food on our tables.

8. Shop local and keep transportation costs down

Thriving local shops reduce fuel requirements. The less distance consumer products have traveled the greater the benefits are to the environment due to reduced congestion and pollution, storage and transportation costs. The less distance food travels from farm to plate, the fresher it is and the greater the benefits are to the environment.

giftThe holiday shopping season is upon us and locally-owned businesses want you to think of them when you shop.   Christmas is a time of goodwill and encouraging  small businesses to stay in business is where I’m at. The only gifts I give are those I make and those I purchase locally.

Related posts found in this blog:
The Advantages of Buying Locally
I love shopping local
Farmers Market

6 thoughts on “Shop Local this Holiday Season

  1. I really like your post. We try to shop locally all the time all year round. We’re in total agreement with your ideas and thank you for posting them. It does make a big difference in how the world works if we stay as local as we can. Good luck with your power issues. ;) Have a good Holiday Season.

    • Thanks so much for the visit and this comment. My husband and I are small business people and we have always shopped local. It’s so rewarding to see more and more people “get it”. If you want to live in a healthy and happy community then shop local and you will be glad you did.

  2. I’m afraid I’m not as conscientous on shopping local for gifts all the time. But one thing for sure, farmers’ markets are great places to pick up some unusual small gifts and best of all, baking/foods that one doesn’t always have time during holiday seasons/preparations. Same for local bakeries that offer specialized baked goods. We love it! :) So many simple ways to buy local, spend local without breaking the bank.

    • Hi Jean,
      You are so right about Farmer’s Markets. There are plenty of small gift items for sale. I also go to local arts and crafts fairs. The items there are useful and inexpensive and the proceeds go to charities.

  3. I try and keep cards to a minimum (I wouldn’t do them at all but people insist on sending them) so always choose a local charity.I only buy from supermarkets what I can’t buy better and cheaper elsewhere. Living in a strange economy, where people will often cross the frontier to buy cheaper in Spain, I choose to support local businesses. We all need to survive. Taking money out of our country, our town, our area, whatever, helps no-one. Good post TT.

    • I max out on cards. I make my own cards, buy cards from local artists and photographers and charities also buy UNICEF cards. The ones I make are all made from recycled stock and mixed media fabrics, lace ribbons, etc.

      Rats! We are under a blanket of snow and there’s a storm happening. The power went out and I’m on battery back-up. Got to go and will return when I can. Sorry.

      Hi again,
      I’m back as the power seems to be more steady now and the snow has stopped falling. The gifts I make are ones I make too and tend to be food or homemade cosmetics and soaps. No one we know goes crazy with gift giving at Christmas and for that I’m grateful.

      Have a merry and happy Christmas season.

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