Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Shop Local

It's back to school season: Some students are well into their fall semesters, others (like my UCI junior) have another week or so of freedom.

I always waited a week or two to do the back-to-school shopping trip because teachers inevitably had long lists of supply needs that we parents didn't know about until the handouts went home.

At any rate, if you're still in the market for back-to-school goods, I urge you to shop local. Last year, back-to-school spending was projected to reach $22.8 billion for K-12th graders alone, according to Independent We Stand, an independent retail support group. Had shoppers spent this money at locally owned, independent retailers, $15.5 billion would have been returned to their local economies, the organization calculates. And of course, that means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies.

This back to school season, why not patronize your local retailers? You probably know quite a few, but if you don't, you can search the Independent We Stand's business database to find independent office suppliers, clothing retailers and electronics stores in your neighborhood.

Happy shopping!

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