7 Reasons You Should Shop Local
When it comes to shopping or buying services the case to shop local is getting stronger every day, not least because of that warm, fuzzy feeling we get.
And “shopping local” doesn’t always mean walking to the greengrocers down the street or using the taxi company on the road. It also doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend more either.
Here are 7 reasons you should shop local:
- Supporting your neighbours
When you choose to shop local you’re literally helping your friends and neighbours, whether it’s their small businesses or keeping employees in jobs.
Not just that, more often than not, you’re likely to get a better range of local produce and artisan goods that tend to be of much better quality.
- You can do it online
We might be used to hitting the internet to get a “better deal” but that doesn’t always mean we have to go to national or international retailers.
In some cases going online can benefit not just your own pocket and bank balance but also a wide range of local businesses.
One way to shop local is through various online apps such as OhhSocial which allows you to shop locally online. They have more than 150 exclusive buy-one-get-one-free offers in categories such as Wine & Dine, Health & Beauty, Leisure & Activities and Kids Activities.
The app is just £14.99 per calendar year allowing you to save hundreds on services across the country and because many of their offers are worth more than £14.99 it’s possible to redeem your subscription fee with just one offer.
- Helping the local economy
It’s an obvious one but by putting money directly into your local economy you’re improving the choice and development of the area in which you live and work. By supporting grass-roots businesses you are helping to keep alive the high streets and local shopping areas.
- Being part of the community
Getting out and about in your community can help you forge relationships with neighbours, business owners and people you meet every day. Maybe it’s just a nod to the guy who gets his paper at the same time you buy your lunch on the way to work, but those little things can make a difference to your day.
When shopping locally for produce such as your fruit and veg there’s more chance of you buying goods that are not just ethically grown and produced but also in season. And of course that means nicer, tastier dinners.
- Be Unique
One of the biggest reasons to shop local for gifts is that more often than not you will have access to quirky, interesting gifts that the bigger shops won’t have. As well as that you’re less likely to double up on a gift and the person you’re giving it to probably won’t have seen it in the shops themselves.
- Personal service
When buying from local, independent shops you’re more likely to encounter someone who is passionate about their business and there’s a high chance they’re an expert. Therefore, if you need advice these are probably the best people to go to.