Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wanna' Help Save America's Economy? Shop Local.

Are you sick and tired of the Wal-Martization of America? Are you saddened by the disappearance of family-owned businesses and the deterioration of America's downtown areas? Do you yearn for the days when business transactions were more personal and stable and community enriching?

Well, don't just kick your dog. Find out more about the 3/50 Project, a simple plan to help motivate people to spend $50 a month (with money they're going to spend anyway) at local, independently owned businesses.

Did you know, for instance, that for every $100 spent in locally owned, independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures? If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays around. And if you spend it online, it's likely that none of it "comes home."

Let's start a trend.