Hello, everyone. You might recall that my New Year’s resolution was/is to shop local as much as possible. I am here today to give an update on my “shopping local” progress. As a refresher to you, my plan is to give three local stores a chance to sell me what I am looking for, and then I will shop online. The benefit that I was not expecting is that I am spending way less than normal for me. I received a notice at one point from my credit card company telling me that my spending was down 75 per cent. That’s a win, win.
So, how am I doing? Let’s take a look.
I needed a new pair of house slippers. We do not wear our outside shoes inside which means that I am in house shoes eight to ten hours a day. They need to be good and give me a lot of support. I had a pair of Haflingers before and really liked them. So, I went out in search of another pair. And lucky for me, the third store I went to had them in my size.
I have been looking for mirrors for our master bathroom because I do not like the ones we purchased when we moved in. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted. I just felt that when I saw the right ones, I would know it. I went to HomeGoods several times a week and didn’t find any. I shopped at a mall store and didn’t find any. Then I looked online at Pottery Barn. They had exactly what I wanted, and they were on sale. Instead of ordering them, I had our local Pottery Barn order them for me, and I picked them up at their store. They received the credit for the sale, and I got to shop local.
I needed some vanilla beans to make a new batch of vanilla extract and to make vanilla sugar. I went to Williams Sonoma and saw that two vanilla beans there were $24.95. Friends, there’s no way that I am paying that much for two vanilla beans. I checked Whole Foods, and their beans were about the same price. I couldn’t find them at Kroger, so I bought 10 from Amazon for $22.00. I specifically wanted Madagascar beans, and that’s what I found.
I wanted two more Ruggables after having great success with my first purchase. Read about it here. I wanted one for in front of our sink and one for our master bathroom. Ruggables are only available online so that’s where I had to buy them.
Other than groceries, those are the only purchases I made during the month of January. Did I score 100 per cent? No, but there was major improvement. I am now consciously thinking about my purchases and making the effort to keep my money in my hometown. Before, I would have let my fingers do the shopping.
I how you enjoyed this update of my shopping local progress. If you want to see how I do throughout the year, just let me know.
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