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Thursday, July 2, 2015 12:08 am

Unique ways to shop locally

Knight’s Action Park.
Photo COURESTY KNIGHTS ACTION PARK

 

Shopping locally is a great way to benefit your community and, in many instances, your bottom line. When consumers shop locally, they help stimulate their local economies, creating jobs for their neighbors by helping local businesses grow and thrive. Shopping locally also saves shoppers long trips to the mall that can waste expensive fuel, especially if consumers don’t find what they’re looking for.

Shopping locally is especially important when the economy is struggling, as smaller businesses are not always as capable of bearing the brunt of a recession as larger ones. The following are a handful of unique ways men and women can shop locally.

Forgo a traditional vacation. If you’re used to taking an annual trip to a Caribbean island or another faraway locale, forgo that trip this year and take a more local vacation instead. A local vacation can be similar to a staycation, when you simply stay home, but spend some nights out on the town in your local community. Go out to eat, take in a concert or performance at a nearby theater or take the kids out for miniature golf.

For those who feel the need to get away from home, consider a local bed and breakfast or another relaxing locale that’s close to home. You will still get the feel of a traditional vacation, but you won’t spend as much and you’ll be doing your part to help the local economy.

Visit a local amusement park. An amusement park is a fun way to spend an afternoon, but such parks are also beneficial for a local economy, creating jobs and attracting out-of-towners looking for a wholesome good time. When thinking about ways to shop locally, consider a trip to your local amusement park. You’re not likely to find a more fun way to help your community.

Hit the links. A round of golf is another great way to stimulate your local economy. Some golf courses are owned by the municipality, which means each dollar you spend is money that’s going back into your community. And much like other local businesses, the golf course is no doubt employing your friends and neighbors, giving even more money back to your community.

Buy a pre-owned vehicle.
Buying a pre-owned vehicle as opposed to a brand new car bought from a manufacturer is another way to shop locally. This is especially true if you buy your pre-owned vehicle from a private citizen. But buying from a local dealership can stimulate your local economy as well, as your community will benefit from the taxes on the vehicle and that dealership will continue to provide jobs for fellow members of your community.

Treat yourself to a spa treatment.
Another unique and indulgent way to support your local economy is to treat yourself to a spa treatment. The cost of a spa trip depends on what you prefer, but even a relatively inexpensive trip to the spa will support a local business. Plus, you’ll reap the rewards of that support immediately.

Shopping locally is more than just dining out or buying locally produced foods. Those who want to embrace shopping locally can do so in a variety of ways.

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