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Support Yourself Through The Local Economy
One might ask how one could support themselves through the local economy? The answer is that by buying locally from local retailers and businesses one actually reinvests back into the local economy. With many of the larger national, or even global, businesses your financial contribution usually flows out of the community. With the money that local merchants receive, they reinvest back into the community by being more productive, expanding, and creating more jobs.
Sure, you may be able to find that item online cheaper, but you lack the support from your local retailer. Buying locally gives you many advantages, such as not having to wait for it to arrive. The item you purchased may also not be as advertised, or defective, -now try to return it. With a local merchant, you have the ability to physically see what you are getting and have less of an issue getting a refund or exchange. You usually get what you pay for, and don’t forget to pay for the service and shipping, which is included with your local merchant.
Many local businesses also support many local charities and community fundraising events. By enjoying and participating in these events you reinvest again back into the local economy with your spending while socializing with the community and making new friends. Your money stays in the community and provides support and socializing for you and your neighbours.
The Internet has connected the world, but it also has disconnected people. Before the internet one would usually search for a local establishment to purchase that product or service from. Now they look online and order it through their electronic device. The advantage to buying locally allows one to learn all about the product, and even get some pointers to make it unpretentious and effective. You also can check out and get advice on alternatives allowing you to make a better choice for your needs.
Need a Break? Then take a day or two and have a staycation. Not only will you be supporting the local economy, but you will also have less stress worrying about travel plans and save money on transportation and lodging. A staycation is a great way to explore and enjoy the many unique areas in Calgary that you have not experienced yet. There are many tourist attractions one can spend a day at and put their 2¢ worth into keeping the tourist operators employed.
With every dollar you spend at a local business there is a return of around 3 times more money back into the economy than buying from the big box stores. There are so many things happening in this city it should be easy to find something that interests you. By enjoying the activities in Calgary’s neighbourhoods you are supporting the local economy, which in turn benefits yourself. So, make sure you go out and experience the energy Calgary has to offer and boost our local economy
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