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Shop Small Business This Holiday Season

 

Small business is the backbone of the economy. Small businesses are part of our community. They contribute to local causes and organizations and every dime you spend, stays locally, it stays in the community.


Here is what is going nationwide to support and promote small business:

 

 

 

Small Business Shopping Season 2013

 

Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

How You Can Participate

For shoppers

For small business owners

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Smart Choices

Smart Shopping

  • Always use a shopping list. Planning your menus in advance will make it easy to create the list.

  • Try to shop when you are not hungry. This will help you avoid unplanned purchases.

  • Compare national brand's sale price with store brands. Both are often on sale at the same time.

  • Compare the cost of convenience foods with the same foods made from scratch.

 

  • Oftentimes, convenience foods cost more than similar foods prepared at home.

  • Take the time to compare fresh, frozen, and canned foods to see which is cheapest.

  • Buy foods you like when they are on sale and in season.

  • Buy products when they are on sale f


    or later use.

  • Stock your kitchen with time savers that are packed with nutrients! Look for fat-free or low-fat and low-sodium items and get foods that you can make and serve in a hurry such as:

Canned or frozen fruit
Canned or frozen vegetables and beans
Canned or frozen meat, poultry, and fish
Canned soups or stews
Whole-grain bread or crackers
Enriched or whole grain pasta
Enriched or brown rice
Cheese
Yogurt

  • Prepare enough for another meal so you have leftovers. For example, serve a baked chicken one evening and use the leftovers to make sandwiches or casseroles.

  • Make a big bowl of salad for dinner and take the leftovers for lunch the next day.

 


Top Ten Shopping Tips

Many of us need a few simple reminders of how to shop smart. As many of you know, I became something of a shopping champion (by ‘shopping til I dropped’) until it became a problem for me (my shopping started to become compulsive). I knew that I had to develop a healthier relationship to shopping and over the course of a year, I did just that.

These days, I don’t shop so much but I know what makes for a successful shopping expedition. Let me share my top ten shopping tips with you.  I hope they help you to shop smart.

Don’t just get in the car and point it in the direction of your favourite shopping destination! Take a few moments to familiarise yourself with this list of savvy shopping strategies. Click Here For More



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