Do you buy locally?
There is a big push in my community to support local shops.
I am a big believer in supporting local communities and businesses.
This is easy to do when it comes to things like buying my fruit and veg as often buying local can still mean great value. You aren’t paying for petrol, you aren’t getting tempted by lots of other things on offer as you would in a big supermarket and so in many ways it can still be a thrifty option.
We also find when it comes to buying books, rather than always use the Internet and Amazon, we often go to our local second hand charity bookshop. We walk there and back and stop and have a chat with the nice lady that works there. As a family we really enjoy being part of and supporting our local community.
We have found though that when it comes to buying computers, cars, even clothes, it is often that the best deals are to be found online. And as a family on a budget we do like to get the very best deal. We need to!
When it comes to buying washing machines though I have found it possible to get the best of both worlds. Euronics is right up my street. We buy from a local independent store that’s part of Euronics, a group of independent retailers who have teamed up to get the best deals and take on the retail giants. So you do get great prices and exclusive offers but you also get a local service. We have often used our local store here in Nottingham and have had really good service and care.
I relish seeing local communities thriving. I also love to see family run business pass on through generations and to know the name of the person who has delivered my washing machine. It is comforting and reassuring to know who you are dealing with and who you are buying from. It makes after sales care so much easier and that’s really important to me.
What do you do? Do you try and buy locally when and where you can?