How to shop local and afford it
by Tasiyagnunpa Livermont
If you want to shop local this season and afford it, shop like our area community development specialists do. Spend 50-60 percent of your Christmas giving locally and then allow yourself to spend the other percentage of your holiday budget elsewhere.
Both Eileen Briggs of CRST Tribal Ventures and Tanya Fiddler of Four Bands Community Fund said they would be or already had spent 50-60 percent of their personal holiday shopping at local stores or local artisans–with local craft fairs being their favorite places to shop this year.
What if you missed those earlier craft fairs?
Well, take heart, there’s still plenty of good deals and specials being held by area retailers (hint: see the ads in our paper for ideas.)
There’s also plenty of individually-owned local business that are available online or who don’t have retail space to walk into. It might take a little time on the phone or online, but don’t forget about those local places to shop for cosmetics, soaps and other niceties.
Want a practical gift for someone who has everything? Consider gifting a service, like a massage, oil change, newspaper subscription (yes, we have a holiday special), dining gift cards, etc.
Don’t stress by trying to buy totally local, instead invest just half your budget on purpose. See page 7 for our ‘Tis the Season directory.
Look in next week’s print or e-edition on how to plan for all those extras when giving.