According to the 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study from American Express (NYSE: AXP), an average two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at small businesses in the U.S. stays in the local community. In addition, every dollar spent at a small business creates an additional $0.50 cents in local business activity as a result of employee spending and businesses purchasing local goods and services. Source: Business Wire

What does this mean for you? The average community member whose main objective in most cases, (especially during these difficult economic times) is to save money. Save as much as you can by seeking out the best deals you can find. There is plenty of information available online highlighting the negative impact to local communities caused by giants like Walmart and Amazon but that still doesn’t change the fact that it’s harder to shop local when you just can’t afford it.