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5 reasons Why I will not shop on Black Friday

What’s all the hype with Black Friday?  Here are my 5 reasons I will not be shopping on  Black Friday.

Reason #5 Why I will not shop on Black Friday  – The “best deals” are very limited and only a few people will score that 52″ television for $10 anyway.  Remember in the long run you will get what you pay for…

Reason #4 Why I will not shop on Black Friday – Most of the “Black Friday Deals” will last for several days and even weeks.  It is a proven fact that the high ticket items will be cheaper if you wait until after cyber Monday.  The experts report that some items will be as much as 13% cheaper between Cyber Monday and December 13th.  Show some restraint people…

Reason #3 Why I will not shop on Black Friday – I do not want to be crushed to death while buying Grandma a new coffee pot for $3.  I would much rather die doing something I love and shopping isn’t on my list of top 10 things to do.

Reason #2 Why I will not shop on Black Friday – People are crazy!!!  How many nice people have you met when shopping?  In general people are not very nice when they are shopping…they are only thinking of themselves and typically are discourteous and even down right mean.  No thanks!!!  I will stay home and put up my Christmas Tree.

Reason #1  Why I will not shop on Black Friday- I am vowing to make as many of my Christmas purchases from locally owned small businesses as well as buy things that are Made in America.  I would like for my hard-earned money to stay in my community.

Now I know I am probably the minority when it comes to my opinion about Black Friday.   For those of you who have the shopping bug I suggest you wear your steel toed shoes and pack an extra measure of patience, a bottle of water and a granola bar for the days activities.

Did you shop on Black Friday?  Was it worth it?  Will you ever do it again?

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Small Business Saturday…saving America one brick at a time…

Re-post from January 26, 2011
Invest in America, support the local brick and mortar businesses that our country was built on.  Investing in the  independently owned businesses in our neighborhoods helps our local economy.  These businesses employ our neighbors and strengthen our community.

The Local

I have a passion for locally owned businesses.  Not because I am a small business owner but because I appreciate the time and energy and the financial commitment local business owners bring to the game.  Small business owners are dreamers and risk takers.  They are passionate about what they do!

I have been a supporter of locally owned businesses for years.  I will always choose to shop, eat or use a service company that is locally owned over a big chain business.  Always!

The Patio @ The Local

I have posted about my favorite neighborhood businesses as well as local businesses I have discovered on weekend getaways.  My husband and I always gravitate to “the local” whenever and wherever we travel.  We had a couple of weekend getaways last summer; Galveston and New Orleans where we supported many locally owned businesses.  We supported the local restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, antique stores, and a couple of art galleries.  We met wonderful people who love what they do and we were treated like old friends.

Star Drug Store

A few of my local favs that I frequent at least once a month are; The Local Restaurant, Browse Aroun’ Antiques and  the Something Unique Gift Shop.  My #1 favorite local lunch spot, The Pear Tree Tea Room, closed it’s doors just before Christmas.  They had a great location, loyal following and delicious food.  I know things are difficult at best in this economy so the local businesses need all the support you can give them.

Acme Oyster House

Recently I began to follow the blog over at The Red Door Antiques.  While surfing through the blog site I noticed a button; the 3/50 Project, saving the brick and mortars our nation is built on.  My interest was piqued.  I clicked on the button and was directed to a website filled with some very interesting information.  I would like to share some of what I read;

3    What three independently owned businesses would you miss if they disappeared?

50   If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate over $42 billion dollars in revenue.

The folks at the project say that  for every $100 spent in an independent locally owned business $68 returns to the community in payroll, taxes and other expenditures.  If that $100 is spent in a national chain $43 comes back to the community.  Shop on-line and $0 comes back to the community.  Check out the movement to save our bricks and mortar companies, they are what built this country.

Mosquito Cafe

What’s your favorite local independently owned business?  Have you supported them this month?  How would life in your community be different if you lost one of these businesses?

Make Time to Support your Independent Locally Owned Businesses

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