Did you have ever stop to think that those who own and operate the small town businesses are your neighbors, friend and for some family. These people seriously care about our community and have a interest in you and your home, because this too is there home.
These businesses are the first people to reach out with a helping hand or a donation, but sometimes the last ones we visit when we are in need of products or services. "Things are cheaper out of town" is something we have often heard, but when you factor in the gas you spend to get there, the meal you eat while you are there, and for some thing "extras" you purchase that you didn't plan on it would have been cheaper to just buy locally.
Shopping online seems to be a common place habit, shopping from the the comfort of your home. But you are losing the social aspect of shopping, while drastically increasing the carbon footprint. Think of how far that package travels compared to the short trip to your neighborhood store, as well as the packaging used to get it ready for you. Get out BE SOCIAL, See what there is being offered, and the price may end up being cheaper.
Our local businesses are the ones that reinvest in your community. Ask yourself if the the big town stores are reinvesting your community, your childrens schools and in your life. Money spent locally tends to stay local!