A new report just out indicates that as a single state, Arizona has lost over 250K jobs since June 2006…but the Housing Market finally looks as though it is going to improve. (We are all holding our breath on this one…)
The news is pretty similar to everyone around the country, local biz, large and small, is suffering.
As I go out and interview small biz owners in the community here, many of them are really working to keep their people employed, but admit that it is hard to provide all the hours that their employees want or need.
Remember to shop locally. Even when you can spend a little bit less because you don’t have to pay sales tax, those dollars spent locally can mean the difference between someone keeping or losing their job.
I’ve even managed to change the thinking of immediate family members, by talking up the “shop local” idea. Most folks don’t understand just how difficult it is to keep our economy going, especially when we’re all trying to stretch our hard earned dollars by shopping for bargains. Some of the bargains are found in the big box stores, and sometimes it just doesn’t make sense to pay a large percentage more.
Next time, try this, go to a local store owner and tell them your dilemma. You want to shop locally, but their price for a specific item is just too high. See if the good old “let’s make a deal” method can give you a better price than you would have gotten, and your local shop owner made a sale.
Remember, it’s our local economy we need to worry about, so keeping our money local is critical!