One of my best friends from college owns an independent bookstore in the Twin Cities. And although it’s not always the cheapest route of action, I really try to support him by buying my books from him. I have nothing against Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble or any of the other outlets I used to buy my books from (and let me be frank, there are times when I still buy stuff from the chain stores), but shopping local is meaningful to me.
Today is the first-ever “Small Business Saturday” which encourages folks to shop outside the (big) box and give independent and small retailers a chance.
Is it something that you have to do? No. Is it the frugal thing to do? Not necessarily. But it’s meaningful to the people who run these businesses – businesses that are oftentimes a labor of love.
**Just a note … I did think about going to Menards this morning, because they had a couple of items that looked really neat and were a good buy. So I decided to swing by there after work, because there was no way that Menards would be busy. Um yeah, I was wrong! No Menards for me!
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