Why it is best to shop local

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Many times we hear the phrase, “shop local,” and while we understand the positive impact shopping locally has on our economy, many of us do not know of the benefits that come with that decision.

Having recently relocated to the Picayune area in the last couple of months means that I don’t know many people besides my co-workers. So, by shopping at the local businesses across town, I have been able to meet new people. Whether I’m buying my groceries at Claiborne Hill, getting a haircut from a local barbershop or just browsing through the stores on Canal Street, I at times see someone whom I have met before. Interacting with people on more than one occasion has allowed me to develop new friendships in a place that is now my new home.

By shopping local, we help local business owners, our neighbors, and those who may attend the same church as we do. We also support the efforts of the coach of a local sports team because spending money at a local business is in turn sent forward in the form of sponsorships. In the end, we help local businesses succeed in their career and allow them to effectively provide for their loved ones.

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At the same time, let’s not forget the impact shopping locally has on our community. According to an article by USA Today, when individuals shop local, they support their local schools and police and fire departments. The article also states that for every $100 a person spends in a local business, $68 stays in the community and is used towards improving that community. Meanwhile if a person shops at a chain store, only $43 stays in the community.

When we’re out and about throughout town, let’s not forget to visit a locally owned business because more than likely, we’ll encounter someone who helps make our community unique.