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December 3rd, 2013 at Tue, 3rd, 2013 at 1:35 pm by maribeth crandell
Think Local First

Think Local First

Just after Thanksgiving came Black Friday.  Right after Black Friday came, Small Business Saturday.  But if you ask me, Small Business Saturday should be Shop Local Everyday!  There are many good reasons to Shop Local and here’s another one!

Island County has its own Shop Local Coupon Book.  It supports services for seniors, keeps our dollars local to support our community, and with it you can save money all year long.  It’s a win, win, win!  And now is the best time to get one. 

The first thing I did with my Shop Local Coupon Book was get a haircut.  It was the best haircut I’d had on Whidbey Island and the savings paid for the $12 coupon book.  After that all the other coupons were icing on the cake! 

Get your coupon book now to save money on holiday gifts and on eating out while going shopping!  Then keep using it for all kinds of things year round.  

Get a discount when you join the gym to follow through on your New Year’s resolutions.  Save money on flowers, a special night at a B&B, or even diamonds for your Valentine.  Get a discount on a hanging basket or flowering shrub for Mother’s Day.  Save on greeting cards for birthdays, graduations and anniversaries.  Get discounts on copies, prints and computer services. Coupons from hardware stores help pay for your summer home and garden projects. Get a good deal on outdoor gear, popcorn at the movies, or a novel for that trip to the beach. Take friends to the Whidbey Island Fair for free. Use coupons for back-to-school clothes and supplies.  Save money on pet care. Get a discount when you get the furnace checked or fill up the propane tank next fall.  Save when you winterize the car.  Take the sewing machine in for a tune-up. Get discounted craft supplies and stock up on groceries, wine or a farm share of food before the big holiday season.  You can even get discounts at thrift shops!  It’s smart to put the Shop Local Coupon Book at the top of your shopping list this holiday season and use it year round.

By shopping locally owned businesses, we not only save money, we support our entire community and our quality of life. 

*Money spent at locally owned stores is spent 6 to 15 times before it leaves our community. 

*Local retailers are much more likely to contribute to local charities than national chain stores.  

*Money spent in Island County includes sales tax which pays for Island County services we all enjoy. 

*We save time and money on transportation, or shipping and handling.

* We support Island families who in turn support our community.

*Local businesses provide better jobs with a living wage.

*Small businesses take less infrastructure and make better use of our Island’s resources.

*We preserve our unique Island character and charm which attracts entrepreneurs to settle here attracting prosperity.   

*Communities that support local businesses are better able to ride out hard economic times. 

Most of the coupons are for things we would buy anyway so why not get a good deal.   Altogether there’s over $2,000 in savings.  They’re available for $12 at Coupeville Town Hall, the Oak Harbor Chamber of Commerce, the Coupeville Chamber of Commerce, and the Bayview Senior Services Center among many other places on Whidbey Island.  Look here for the entire list.  http://www.ssicnews.org/fundraising/

 

 

Maribeth Crandell has a green thumb. Most of the rest of her is "green", as well. She's worked in city, state and national parks as a naturalist, educator and guide, on ships and on shore from the Columbia River to Southeast Alaska. She offers presentations for 6 year olds to seniors. She publishes articles, sings songs, plays the banjo and hikes trails. In fact, in 2006 she hiked the 2,000 mile long Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. She's been an educator for the Whidbey Institute, Fort Casey State Park, the Whidbey Watershed Stewards Outdoor Classroom, Island County Recycling, Ebey's Landing National Historic Reserve and for 5 years worked as the Environmental Educator for the City of Oak Harbor. She's been a consistent voice on Whidbey Island leading the way toward sustainability. Because Maribeth has a green thumb, along with the rest of her.

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