Act 329

Be social

Today I had to make a few dozen deliveries for a job we’re just finishing up. While at first I dreaded the idea, I ended up enjoying it very much. Got to chat and visit with fellow business owners, catch up on the latest, see what’s new in their shops. It’s good to get out and chat a bit. It’s was more invigorating than a latte and certainly more entertaining that a new something or rather. I was energized for the rest of the day and it occurred to me that sometimes we shop for that very purpose. Not for the thing but for the interaction of buying the thing. Living in a small town is especially beneficial in this case as I know many of the owners. So, as a quick shout out to fellow business owners this soon to begin season of shopping frenzy, please shop local. Your money goes further and your patronage is more meaningful.

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Act 75

Think about what happens to your money after you spend it.

Debt defying isn’t about getting the cheapest deal. It’s about getting the best deal. What’s the difference? That’s up to you.

We are all economic agents. Our spending choices impact our economy, locally, regionally, provincially, nationally and yup, even globally.

The fortunate thing about capitalism is that we all have choices. The unfortunate bit is that we don’t always maximize what we can do with those choices.

Choosing not to buy is also a choice. As is choosing to share, upcycle, trade or barter.

Choosing to support local merchants who support a cause that matters to you can pack a powerful punch. As can choosing not to support local merchants whose price points don’t work for your budget. But having said that, all firms are competitive by nature. That’s the nature of business after all. Sometimes smaller firms compete on factors other than price – like position, promotion or product.

So wether you buy your book at the local used book store or amazon.com or wether you grab a coffee at the big chain or the small cafe, it’s up to you. Either way, it matters.

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