Sunday, February 6, 2011

Shop Local to Support Your Community

Two of the best ways to promote social responsibility are to shop local and shop small business.  Shopping locally not only saves the cost of packaging and shipping it also feeds an average $.51 on the dollar back into your community while shopping at a big chain such as Target or Wal-mart returns on average about $.01 on the dollar. The Small Business Association can provide you with a list of locally owned small businesses in your area.

If you cannot find what you need local or crave arts and crafts Etsy is a great alternative.  Etsy is the new small business revolution and the vendors are often eco friendly.  For city folk like me, Etsy puts the fun back in window shopping, offering everything from hand knit sweaters and cosmetics to vintage bags and tableware, browsing the windows of Etsy is like walking down main street in my Midwestern hometown.  I love it and it is great to know that I am supporting a small business person in a country where small business is disappearing.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask." Matthew 6:8