So most of us have heard about the ways shopping locally can boost our local economy. We’ve heard how our dollar returns 3 times more money to our local economy than if we shopped at a big box store. But, what we don’t hear as much is the little everyday ways that it makes our life better. So here are three ways you help yourself by choosing to shop locally.
- You have better choices. When you have a variety of independent stores that are taking the time to get to know their customers and understand the products they want you end up with a larger variety of choices and options to buy from.
- Being able to have a unique local character and community. Having one of a kind businesses gives you a fun, vibrant neighborhood with distinct character. Which not only gives you an enjoyable place to live but is a proven advantage when selling you home. Which means your property is more valuable.
- Small businesses make your community better. The last under appreciated way shopping local helps you is money that local stores put back into our community. Non-profit organizations receive on average 250% more support from small businesses than they do from their larger counterparts. So by shopping in these small businesses you are improving the quality of life in your community.
So when its time to spend your hard earned money, why not weigh the value of where it will bring you the most long term benefits.