Did you know that when you spend $100 dollars at a local independent store, $68 returns to your local community? Spend that same amount at a national chain and it drops to $43 or less. Choose to shop local and you can help revive your local economy and get your kids ready for school at the same time.
Try visiting the local office supply store when stocking up on pencils and notebooks. Or stop by the local clothing store in your community to purchase your kids’ clothes and shoes for the season. When you spend your money at a local business, you ensure that more of your dollar will be reinvested back into your community.
Last year, back to school spending was projected to reach $21.35 billion for K-12th graders alone. Had shoppers spent this money at locally owned, independent retailers, $14.52 billion would have been returned to their local economies. That means better schools, better roads, more support for police, fire and rescue departments and stronger local economies.
Back to school shopping is a time to prepare the kids for their academic journey ahead and make sure they have the necessary supplies to do their very best. You can make sure your community has the necessary funds to be its very best by choosing to shop local.