Support Local Businesses
We are living in hard economic times. Corporations are laying off tens of thousands of workers. But are the owners of these corporations losing their jobs? Probably not. However, this is not the case with local businesses. When they lose income, they may be forced to close down their life's work. I saw this happen to my brother in law who lost his bookstore and cafe. Now he's on unemployment. Some local businesses have been handed down through generations of families. The community dies when these businesses go under.
I am teaching my family to distinguish between a local business, a franchise and a corporation. I've explained why we always must try to give local business our money. In these difficult times, corporations will offer tempting credit card deals while some local businesses cannot afford to take credit period. But you win when you pay with cash as you keep within your means, plus you are helping people who work hard stay afloat and make a living. Let's keep small responsible business alive.