Why You Should Shop Local This Holiday Season (Infographic)

As holiday shopping plans are taking shape, we put together an infographic to help you consider whether shopping local should be a top priority in your shopping list.

Check out the conflicting truths for those who advocate keeping most consumer dollars with smaller, local businesses whenever possible. Shopping local can have clear benefits:

  • Locally run stores tend to employ more local workers than comparable chain stores
  • Money spent at those stores goes a longer way in paying for the wages of local workers

At the same time, shopping local is not always necessarily environmentally friendly or a way to support American-made products.

The term “shop local” should go beyond just words used to drum up business. Consumers should educate themselves on what those words actually mean, and decide for themselves whether it matters to them where their dollars go after they spend them. The team at CreditDonkey put together this infographic, as we do with all the data we share on our site, as a way to educate consumers in how they manage and spend their money.

Do you plan to shop local this holiday season? Let us know.

Written by Astrid M for CreditDonkey.com.

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Carole R.
Carole R.3 months ago

So true. I always like to shop local and at privately owned shops and businesses.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla3 months ago

Love this post!

Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne Brownabout a year ago

thanks for sharing :)

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson1 years ago

especially small business!

Laurence Wuillemin
Past Member 1 years ago

only this holiday?!
how weird ;-)

Judy Apelis
Judy Apelis1 years ago

Noted, thank you!

Robert O.
Robert O.1 years ago

Very informative and nice reasons to shop local.

Karen Chestney

Thanks.....all good reasons to shop local. I do shop local year round. My favorite places are the Book Store and The Farmer's Market.!

Christie C.
Christie C.1 years ago

I appreciate that the associated pollution to our consumerism is touched on in the infographic. It's not just about where you shop, but what you buy. Most retail goods are highly processed and have zig-zagged across the globe before they end up on the shelf of a "local" store.

Many ingredients in food and other products have horrible human rights and environmental track records, like palm and coconut oils or the petroleum plastic we use for all sorts of things. Locally grown, harvested, and milled flour in a hand-sewn bag- that's local. A plastic bag of flour from who knows where bought at the grocery store on the corner- not local, at all. The trouble is, who among us has the land and knows how to grow wheat, let alone harvest and mill it?

I think more of us are realizing how broken this system is and are beginning to grow and make their own goods instead of buying them, and support people in their community who do likewise. Reusing and repurposing "waste" are also great ways to keep things local and creative. Hopefully this trend continues!

Dale O.

For the most part I try to shop locally when it's possible. There are many fascinating local products and produce. Computers can pose a problem as many parts are made outside of many of our countries.