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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Shirkey

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Local

Every minute, people around the world are buying items for themselves, their households, activities, etc. The digital shopping world has expanded significantly this year due to the pandemic. However, this often leaves behind your local stores and shops. Amazon and other large companies are popular to buy from online and tend to deliver items from big box stores. Supporting your local community starts with supporting your local shops. There are several reasons to shop local and contribute to your own community.

Fresh Markets

Who enjoys going to Walmart and shopping for your groceries? Most people prefer not to go, but make the trip due to the ease or convenience of the store. However, your local markets will have similar options available. Buying local produce is also healthier for you and your family. The travel time is less than a big store so the food is fresher. It's also more common that no pesticides or other chemicals have been used in the process either. This means you aren't putting unknown or toxic ingredients in your body.

Keeping Wealth Local

By staying within your community, you are helping to keep the businesses operating. With this year being hard on everyone, your local businesses need more help than ever. If you are spending your money at shops around you, this keeps the wealth home. You can help grow your area and allow others to maintain their businesses. This also allows others to open businesses and companies as well to grow the community as a whole.

Service is Better

Most people don't consider this factor, but service tends to be excellent at local places. Whether you are eating at a local restaurant or shopping at a boutique, the experience is normally enhanced. Have you ever been walking through Walmart looking for something and no one is around to help? Or when you finally find someone, they make it seem like a hassle to talk to you. This is the opposite experience at local businesses. You are supporting them and their livelihood, and generally, they enjoy what they are doing. This means you will generally receive a more positive experience.

Building a Community

By going out and shopping locally, you are also building a community. You network and meet people that live nearby when you go out and shop small. This is different when you go to big box shops because generally, people are there to get in and out quickly. Boutiques, local markets, and other small shops are good for people to take their time and enjoy their environment and atmosphere. The places are more friendly, and generally have a positivity surrounding them.

Better for the Environment

Less transportation is required for local businesses. This leads to less of a carbon footprint because the places produce fewer carbon emissions. The products don't have to travel across the country to arrive at the location, instead farmers and other business owners grow their own. This helps to lessen the impact we have on the environment, just by supporting local businesses and buying from them instead of big box stores.

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