Support Local Living

Are you fed up of large corporations taking over and everything looking the same? I know I am. This blog shares a year in the life of a local family, supporting local living and local businesses.

Do we really have time?

on July 17, 2012

This week’s post comes from a mental space that I am sure most of you are familiar with, at some point in your life… being too busy.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been flat-out. Between 3 children, running 2 businesses and just day-to-day life, it is hard to find time in between to do the things I want to do, or even worse, the things I would like to do. (note: want and like can often be 2 very different things)

So it led me to think about how people often say that they don’t have enough time to support local businesses, and I must admit at times it can be hard, but it is something that I am passionate about so i have found a way to fit it all in and I wanted to share some of my key points with you. 

– Plan your route.
Often I have to stop on the way to somewhere or on the way home from somewhere (trust me it is often in a rush). I try to plan my route to and from places to make sure that I can pick up essentials like local produce on the way so that I don’t have to make a separate visit.

– Go as a family.
I make sure that i take the family with me when I go to the farmers markets on the weekend. This is a great opportunity to spend some time together, and it is a great time to get all of the kids out of the house and let them burn off some energy. Win – Win

– Rely on others
Most of us hate having to do this, relying on others, but sometimes it is needed. Ask family members, neighbours or friends to pick something up from a local supplier for you if they are heading there. Make sure that you are willing to return the favour as well.
This also helps you support local producers by buying in bulk. Have you ever looked into buying the fruit and veg boxes from the local farmers, but didn’t think you would use all of the produce? Why not go into it with a neighbour and share the box.

These are just some of the ways that I have found to make supporting local businesses fit in to my daily schedule.
Do you have any other suggestions? Why not share in the comments below.

Sam

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