Letâ€™s make 2018 the year you stop Amazon Prime-ingÂ everything to your house.
After all, local businesses are the reason your community has so much charm and diversity — oh and all that awesome craft beer you love so much too. (OK, maybe it’s me Iâ€™m talking about there.)
Want to know exactly what happens when you make shopping local a priority?
Check out the ripple effect that occurs every time you shop local in person (and online), with statistics from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
You Benefit From Expertise
At a local store, youâ€™re three times more likely to discover something new.
Why is this?
Because local business owners are artists, crafters, creatives, and entrepreneurs whose items you can’t find mass-produced in chain stores.
You Connect With Your Community
In places with more local businesses, people have stronger social ties and participate more in civic affairs.
Whether it’s a local festival or a downtown lined with shops, local businesses encourage residents to get out, meet neighbors, and develop stronger community bonds.
You Strengthen Your Local Economy
Compared to Amazon, independent retailers create two times as many jobs for the same amount of revenue.
So that necklace you bought last week from a local shop is helping to save the world, basically.
You Cast a Vote for the American Dream
Places with more small businesses have less income inequality.
The American dream isn’t dead — it’s just kinda gasping for air.
You can help it thrive though, by shifting even 10% of your regular spending to local businesses.
5 Shop-Local Resolutions for the New Year
Now that you see what an impact you can make by shopping local, choose one of the resolutions below and shout it from the mountaintops for all to hear! (Or, you know, just tweet it.)
1. My New Yearâ€™s resolution is to #eatlocal more often.Â đźŤŽđźŤ”đźŤ©đźŤśÂ What’s yours? (Tweet this)
2. My New Yearâ€™s resolution is to #drinklocal. Cheers!Â đźŤşđźŤ·(Tweet this)
3. Sorry, #Amazon, my New Yearâ€™s resolution is to #buylocal in 2018. #localeffect (Tweet this)
4. My New Yearâ€™s resolution is to shift 10% of my spending to local businesses in 2018. #shoplocal #localeffect (Tweet this)
5. Walmart, bye. đź‘‹Â My New Yearâ€™s resolution is to #shopsmall in 2018. Who’s with me?! (Tweet this)
See? Shopping local is good for everyone — and you can make a heck of a difference by going local over big box.
So kick chain stores to the curb in 2018 (or even just kick 10% of them to the curb) and you’ll improve your community with every dollar spent.