The next #Blogging101 assignment is to look at the Daily Prompt, I couldn’t write to the first several so I picked this one “Be the Change.” as it can be related to economics. Although if you want to suggest one that I try to bring around to econ, I’ll try.
I’d assume by now it is apparent to those who’ve read a post or two of mine that the change I’d like my blog to encourage is that more people deliberately try to engage in their local economies and communities. The more people who make changes in their purchasing habits the better off we all are, it may seem too small an action or too expensive to make a switch to locally made and locally sold, but it can make a world of difference in your town.
The SBA says that in 2012 49.2% of us were employed by small business (I’m making an assumption that most small businesses also fall into the local business category), so if that is an accurate estimate (Have you heard “There are lies, damn lies and statistics”?) then when you spend money in the local community, you’ve got a decent chance to support someone in your local community.
I’d like to find out that I’ve encouraged readers to at least start by figuring out where their money goes, does your paycheck go directly out of area? Making an economy halfway across the world wealthy instead of mulching the garden of your economy (too puny?).
For most people, I think, an easy thing to start doing is buying local beer and eating at a non-chain restaurant when you eat out. Plus, once you’re an adult do you really want the same identical thing all the time? Doesn’t eating at Generic Chain Restaurant when you’re traveling seem pointless (I do understand drive thru food is an exception to this)?