This November, as in beginning this Thursday, I'm going to try something. For one month, I will buy only from local businesses. As if there were no chain franchises, no multinational megastores. If all we had were homegrown businesses, how would my life be different?
In turn, if we all shopped locally, how would our local economies be different? If business owners and developers lived in our communities buying homes and spending money and employing the people they see at church. Would the extra cost of what I buy be an investment in my community?
Here are my rules:
- One month = November 1 to December 1
- Local = My hometown and surrounding communities
- Regularly blogging about the experience here on GFF
- All "normal" purchases for the month (I'm going to fess up right now that I plan to do some Christmas shopping online)
- Home-grown, locally-owned businesses only
- When an affordable choice is available, buying products produced locally in addition to sold locally
I'll let you know how it goes!