Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I have been making a concerted effort to buy more things locally. The Farmer's Market is by far my favorite. It feels good knowing that I'm helping to support a family buying from the market vendors. As an added bonus the fruits and vegetables taste so much better! I've also been buying beef from a vendor at the market and it is soooo good. It is a little bit more expensive so we eat a little less, but this is a good thing too. Plus I've been trying really hard to patronize only locally owned restaraunts. This is much easier than one might imagine. We ate at a burger place today, and the owner himself seated us. Again it is nice to know that what we've spent is staying in the community and supporting a small business. Since making a commitment to shop as locally as possible I've been amazed at how very many things are available at small, locally owned shops. Toys, books, cards and stationary, gifts, meat, fruits and vegetables, shoes, paint, ladders, flowers and on and on. While I do end up spending a little more on the individual items I buy, I'm actually saving money by not shopping the big boxes. How?? By virtually eliminating impulse purchases...think about it: You need a birthday card and that's all so you hit Target. On the way to the stationary section you see the $1 Spot. Oh, it's only a dollar, why not? You end up with $5 worth of stuff from the dollar spot and the card you went in for...that's if your good and can pass up all the stuff advertised on the register end caps! I'm afraid I'm just not that disciplined! However, at the paper store I don't find it hard to resist the expensive stationary sets, get my little birthday card and get out! Now, if she carried pens I might be in trouble!!