What values are you supporting with your money?

Gone are the days when it was acceptable to buy a widget from the cheapest place it could be found. (Thankfully) we have moved past that as a culture, and many of us are coming to recognize the values that we are upholding when we spend our earnings with certain companies or individuals. For example, when you buy from a company that treats their employees well, you are supporting the likelihood that these employees will get to continue to keep their good jobs, while simultaneously rewarding the company for their practices.

When buying gifts, or when selecting items for yourself, the culturally-conscience among us will advocate this rule of three: (1) shop local, (2) buy handmade, and (3) reuse second-hand.

Shop local campaigns are broadcast from communities to encourage spending at small local businesses who inevitably contribute more to the local economy and employment opportunities than the larger, bog-box department stores do. Similarly, “Buy USA” type campaigns are implemented to support the manufacturing economy on a national level.

Buying handmade or hiring a freelancer or self-employed individual means you are directly supporting someone’s livelihood, supporting the arts, and indirectly saying “no!” to the unfair labor practices of overseas factories.

Finally, buying or donating second-hand items prevents land-fills from compiling unnecessarily, and often goes to financially benefit local charitable causes.

What’s one small thing you normally buy at the department store that you can purchase from a smaller business or get handmade in the future? Every little bit helps!

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4 thoughts on “What values are you supporting with your money?

  1. madamesaslow April 22, 2013 at 9:27 am Reply

    I love the closest grocery store to my house. It’s locally owned AND it carries a huge variety of locally made foods. It has them labeled as such right on the shelf.
    But, for money’s sake, I’m in the process of comparison shopping at “less desirable” grocery stores like Food Max.
    It makes me sad.

    • MegansBeadedDesigns April 22, 2013 at 10:17 am Reply

      Awww, that’s cool though. There aren’t very many locally owned grocery stores anymore, definitely not in my area.

  2. kiihele April 23, 2013 at 1:33 pm Reply

    I, too, do most of my shopping at a locally owned grocery store but as I’m in the process of moving one island over to Maui I will have to do some research. I do buy handmade, I try to buy made in USA though it’s difficult at times! I also try and buy recycled products. I buy from the local farmers market. I think each of us need to put some thought into our daily shopping routines. I do buy from large stores. I always buy at least one Christmas gift from Sears as they support our troops and National Guard by holding their jobs open until their return to civilian life. So I reward them at least in a small way,

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