Shop Local - Spend Local - Your Money Helps Your Local Economy!

By
Real Estate Agent with Las Cruces Homes and Land

I ran across an interesting statistic the other day -

"For every $100 spend with local businesses, $43 stays in your local economy. For every $100 spent with non local businesses, $13 stays in your local economy."

Wow - that opened my eyes!

If you've followed my blog for a while, you'll know I am a huge proponent in shopping local.  There are so many fantastic "Mom and Pop" shops in both Tucson and Las Cruces! Great restaurants, clothing stores, jewelry stores, business supply, repair, dry cleaning...on and on and on.

The one thing that I always keep in mind when deciding where to shop is that the owner/s could be my next door neighbor.  Multi-generational businesses have been in our communities for decades.  They've been part of the way our community has been shaped.  Local businesses and restaurants are where we always take out of town guests. It's where we've celebrated special occasions, held birthday parties and receptions, bought special gifts. 

These days, I'm seeing more and more groups and organizations showing up that support and promote shopping local.  I've written about the 3/50 Project in the past.  They are continuing their great work across the nation and I've seen a few of their window stickers around town.

A new-ish group has shown up, promoting shopping local in Arizona called Local First Arizona.

Shop Local Arizona and New Mexico

We all know local business owners and I know we all would hate to see them have to close their doors.  We lose a bit when they close for good. We all need to think about the purchases we need to make and make an attempt to do that buying within our community.

Besides - no one else can make those delicious green enchiladas like my favorite Mexican restaurant, El Comedor!!

Comments (4)

Jeanne M. Gavish
Jeanne Gavish, Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners - Spring Hill, FL
Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners - CIPS,GRI,S

A Post after my own heart!  As an active member of my community and Chamber of Commerce, I sooo agree with you.  I also have a wonderful community that has a cooperative community garden, a farmer's market every weekend on Main Street.  Love your information. Thanks

Jul 22, 2011 01:29 PM
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Yes I live in Redlands/ Loma Linda area and I try to spend my dollars in those 2 cities. We need to support our neighborhoods. Redlands have a program where the merchants give discount as they appreciate the business. This is a task that we should all do across the nation; support our neighborhood and keep the money there. Thanks for the reminder.

Jul 22, 2011 01:31 PM
Emmary Simpson
Las Cruces Homes and Land - Las Cruces, NM
Serving Las Cruces, NM

Jeanne - Thanks!  There are some amazing farmer's markets around here as well. I love going to them, browsing and buying goodies!

Kristin - some of the merchants in downtown Tucson offer a discount as well. It's a nice bonus and incentive to keep going back!

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Jul 22, 2011 02:02 PM
Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind
KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate - Tucson, AZ
Broker/Owner

HI EMMARY!  I too am a big fan of mom and pop places -- especially food ones!  Yum! 

Jul 23, 2011 10:00 AM