The Challenge Is: Buy Everything You Can From A Local Business or Person.
By buying everything you can locally, we are supporting businesses and people in our own communities. I am no economist, and it took me years to understand my dad’s lecturette that a dollar spent locally will be spent 7 times locally…(or something like that, I’m still not exactly sure of the words in the lecture, but I now understand the meaning.) What it means is, the more money we put into Our Own Communities, the longer that money will Stay in our communities to be re-spent and re-spent and re-spent, 7 times. That is 7 times that one dollar bill can benefit people in Our Community!
But, alas, after the 7th time, it goes in the recycling bin.
No, just kidding, the average is 7 times.
BUT, for every dollar that you spend in a non-local business, you are giving that money away for some other community somewhere else to be using. Not that it’s problematic to be giving our money away to other communities, I mean everyone can use the money, but wouldn’t it be better to strengthen our Own Economy Where We Live?
I just got an email that linked me to this article written by Patricia Calhoun for www.blogs.westword.com.
“Here’s the missive that Doug Holdread, who’s been instrumental in the fight to keep the Army from making further incursions into Pinon Canyon, just sent out:
We’re fortunate to live in Trinidad. Things are still on a sustainable, human scale. We can still make healthy choices for ourselves and our community.
Choices like investing in Trinidad’s economy by doing business locally and putting our money into local financial institutions.
Choices like supporting local agriculture; everything from community gardens, to farmer’s markets, to family ranching operations.
Choices like supporting the rights of workers in our community to organize and to receive fair wages and to work under humane and safe conditions.
Choices to reclaim our land, water and natural resources as our own, so that we can take advantage of the abundance of solar, wind, and geothermal resources that are healthy and sustainable.
Choices like supporting our local cultural organizations by attending concerts by local musicians and buying art created by local artists and visiting local museums.
We are at a point where making these choices is more important than ever. The economic disparity between the richest 1% and the rest of us, “the 99%,” is threatening everything that we hold dear. Our elected representatives
overwhelmingly belong to the 1%. They serve corporate, Wall Street interests instead of serving the people. They have failed to fund education and health care and alternative energy development. They spend billions each week on high-tech wars in foreign lands where we are not wanted while neglecting our returning veterans.
We find ourselves being buried in debt, losing our homes, our educational opportunities, our jobs and our future economic security because of the unfair, unethical and often illegal manipulations of insiders in Washington and Wall Street.
That is why we have organized an “Occupy Trinidad” group. It is clear to us that it is now, or never. The old system is broken beyond repair. It is time for us to engage together in the creation of new ways to serve the common good.
We commit to “occupying” Trinidad by being fully present in our community, setting aside our political and religious differences in order to engage in a conversation together which focuses upon our common concerns and aims at solutions that we can all embrace. We commit to engaging in a more horizontal and inclusive expression of democracy which works toward
Here in Trinidad, 100% of us can support and protect each other in this place that we “occupy” and call our home.”
(I did the Bold above.)
Whether you are an Occupy Wall Streeter, a Tea Partier or not, we can ALL Be Present in the town in which we live. We can make choices to shop locally, invest locally, protect and support each other, locally.
It is easy to shop where we always have, it is harder to remember to pick up the phone and call the local store to see if they have what we want. But, chances are, they’ll have the thing you want, for close to the same price, they’ll have much better service, and they’ll be closer to your house, so you’ll spend less in gas and time to get there.
Here’s an example:
Yesterday, I headed out to get chocolate advent calendars for my boys. I ALWAYS trek 30 minutes across town to Cost Plus World Market (not locally owned) to get them. But, taking The Holiday Gift Buying Challenge, I stopped, called a few local stores and was finally directed to a German Store just down the street that sells them. For $1.99!!!! Now, that’s local, that’s a STEAL, I saved all the gas and I saved one hour of driving time!!!
What gifts have you bought locally this season?
Follow The Holiday Gift Buying Challenge on our Facebook page. Every day, post what you’ve bought from a local business. Keep Your Money Local!
Thanks, in advance, for supporting local businesses!!
– The (Local) Goat Cheese Lady…(that is, if you live in Colorado Springs)