Are you one of the millions of people who make New Year’s Resolutions on January 1st and have already thrown in the towel by now?
Well stop feeling guilty because you are not alone. Studies reveal that over 80% of all New Year’s Resolutions barely make it to January 7th. Still we continue to make bold sweeping claims about losing weight (number 1 on the list) saving money and getting more exercise. Also on these lists are getting more organized, learning a new hobby, being a more patient parent and de-cluttering the home. All of these are very admirable goals to have but lets face facts, change is hard.
I am here to let you off the hook. Stop beating yourself up when you aren’t running everyday or eating a muffin instead of a carrot stick. Here’s a resolution we can all stick to and it doesn’t take a whole lot of willpower. I am talking about a commitment to shopping locally. Why not make a effort this year to stop shopping at large corporate chains? Do some research and you will find everything you need without visiting a large impersonal big box store. You could change your family’s shopping habits by encouraging everyone to find an independent local retailer when you are doing your Saturday morning errands. Getting your family involved makes this resolution fun.
Show your kids that local businesses make our community vibrant. Let one member of the family choose an independent restaurant to have lunch. Allow the kids to be involved in the decision and emphasize that it must be local and independent. Discuss with them how important it is to support the local community.
Wouldn’t it be great to keep a list of the new stores and businesses you have supported during the year and see how your family has made a difference. Your spending habits really do contribute to the economic health of your community.
Start a New Year’s Resolution today by loving your local community and spending where your live. Here’s a resolution we can all stick to!
Cheers to that. Katie