8 Great Things That Happen When You Spend Your Money Locally

In today’s world, with the convenience of online shopping, it can be difficult to see the appeal of shopping locally. However, spending your money in your own community is not only supporting and helping local businesses, but it is also beneficial to you as well. Here are just 8 out of the many reasons why you should spend your money locally.



1. Improved health

Eating food that is produced locally has several health benefits. Food grown locally is harvested and sold at its peak ripeness. Which means that not only will your food arrive to you fresher and taste better, it will also contain more nutrients than food that has traveled a long distance. Eating locally can also help improve your health by helping you adapt better to your environment. For example, a person suffering from allergies can become less sensitive to the pollen in the area by eating local honey.

2. More money stays in the community

A study found that for every $100 spent locally, on average $45 stayed in the community. Meaning that there is a good chance that the money that you spend locally will be passed on to someone else in the community.

3. Better schools

Businesses pay property taxes and those taxes help to fund schools. Therefore counties with more successful businesses will be able to better provide for their students.

4. More jobs

Businesses who have a lot of local support will attract other businesses. More businesses’ means more job opportunities. Also, successful local businesses will likely expand and hire more employees.

5. Better for the environment

Products and food produced locally conserve energy in the form of less fuel used in transportation and often require less packaging.

6. Community has more control

The goal of a business is to make their customers happy. Businesses with an immense amount of local support will cater to the needs of the community, giving residents control over what items are put on menus at restaurants, what type of clothing is stocked in stores, and countless other areas. Residents are basically given the power to create the community they want.

7. Companies donate to local causes

Most businesses are already aware of the importance and eager to donate to community causes. Supporting local businesses encourages them to support you. This support can be from the small causes like supporting a youth league to larger causes like rebuilding after a disaster. A great example is Talk of the Town Restaurants Group Round Up Campaign, where businesses ask guests to round up their bill to the next dollar and 100% of the profits goes to local charities.

8. Improved tourism

“Eating like a local”, is one of the main goals for most travelers. Tourists want to experience the best every city has to offer. Well, something can only become a local favorite if locals visit there! Having unique community hot spots and tourist attractions increases state and community revenue.


Here are a few other articles that further explain the importance of shopping locally:

Buying Local: How It Boosts the Economy

By: Amiba

Why Spending Locally is Worth Your Money

Don’t believe shopping local can make a difference in your community? You’d be surprised.





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21 Responses

  1. I definitely agree with the importance of shopping local. It is just very sad to see all the big players in the market slowly taking over all the business from small local shops

  2. I think it is always a great idea to buy local. The money goes back into the community and it does so much more good than spending at a large corporation

  3. This is why I love supporting local businesses. It’s important to do so for our own sake. It helps the economy for sure! I could not agree more with your list of great things! It’s SO true.

  4. I think it’s so important to support local businesses. They help grow jobs for the local community and I’m always happier to spend a little extra if I know it’s going to a worthy cause

  5. Supporting local businesses is a great thing to do. Especially when you can find some one of a kind stores, restaurants and Mom and pop shops in your area.

  6. I think the only part of this I’m good at is eating and buying food locally. I’ve definitely fallen into the habit of buying things online since it is so easy. Posts like this are a reminder of the importance of supporting local business.

  7. All excellent tips! I try to buy locally whenever possible because it supports local families living right here in my community. But I never even connected it to better school funds!

  8. I think it is definitely important to keep money in the community and support it, as it is where you live and where you’d want to support. It’s always great to support local businesses!

  9. Amy Desrosiers

    I do not mind spending money locally. So far, most of the local things are buy are at the farmers markets around here.

  10. I totally agree with spending locally. We love local farmers market! I love supporting our local small businesses, eating fresh, and building up our community while shopping!

  11. I LOVE spending my money locally. It feels good to help businesses that are friends succeed and see business flourish in my town.

  12. I love the idea of spending money locally. You put more money into the community you live in for jobs, better schools, etc etc… but you alsi cut down on your carbon footprint. It’s a win win.

  13. I’m glad that you shared these details. I think many people don’t think how much support from local citizens makes a difference in how well small town businesses are run.

  14. Such a great reminder of how important it is to shop local! Especially with how quickly the .com shopping is taking over every avenue of retail. I love our local shops, from the coffee place to the farmers markets down the road.

  15. I 100% LOVE and Support this article. I live in a smallish college town that used to be full of locally owned businesses and restaurants. In this last few years we’ve seen a sad shift in the community targeting only the college students. Small businesses and restaurants have closed and big chains have now taken over our once charming downtown. I wish more people thought this way.

  16. Totally agree. I love buying local fresh food. I enjoy farmer’s markets wherever I go to visit a different city. And I love local restaurants; the food is always yummier!

  17. I so support everything you are saying, I love shopping at my local co-op and my local farmers markets. It means so much to me to be able to support local business and companies.

  18. This is a really interesting post! I’ve always been supportive of local businesses and products, but never really took the time to really think about what it means (other than handmade goods). I didn’t know it could impact education as well!

  19. My husband and I both have a small business so we do what we can do do things locally. My kids even look for mom and pop businesses when we go out!

  20. I love supporting small businesses! Sometimes they aren’t necessarily local to my community but I love to get handmade goods!

  21. yes yes yes!! I always try to buy local for gifts or other things instead of large retailers. I am a small local business owner, I get it.

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