Today's challenge is to start focusing on where you shop. Think about your dollar being a voting ballot. Every time you shop at a major retail chain, you are voting against local business. While it's not always easy or convenient, spending your money at a local business is stimulating your local economy. You're saying you want to see the small grocers and retailers remain in your area and not be forced out by large corporations. My mom does a great job with this. She too sees many small towns lose all their business to the big chain stores. For birthdays and holidays she shops local. Often times, my gifts come from the pharmacy or hardware store in town. To me, that makes the gift all the more thoughtful.
When you're out shopping today, vote for local business and avoid nationalchain establishments all together. This includes garden centers, hardware stores, restaurants, clothing stores, pharmacies, and grocers. How many different places would you have to shop to meet all your needs? What can you adjust in your schedule to make these extras stops?
I realize that it may not be possible to shop local every time you step out of the house. For example, if you need/want to purchase an item not available in your area, you will have to shop elsewhere. However, by making the effort to do so when you can, will make a difference.
2. Make a commitment to the challenge.
1. Clean the air in your home by purchasing house plants to filter the air.