Editor’s note: Each week, 1 of Bankrate’s personal finance reporters is describing a new way to save and chronicling the savings journey. This week, I investigated whether I could save money by supporting local shops. See what happened.
I’ve rolled my eyes at people who are adamant that big-box stores are the “bad guys” while local retailers are the “good guys.”
Now that I’ve spent time researching the “shop local” movement, I see things differently. I still like the big-box stores, but now I appreciate the ideology better. During the online research stage of this challenge, I kept coming up with the same reasons I should buy locally:
- Creates community character.
- Provides more money to nonprofits.
- Keeps money locally.
- Reduces unemployment.
- Better customer service and a more personal connection.
- Your opinion matters more than it would to a corporate chain store.
But what exactly constitutes shopping local?