It seems that over the years, everyone is helping out the “little guys.” Farmers markets are all the rave these days. When we lived in DC for instance, Eastern Market was a regular stop for our weekend groceries. Even now, though the farmers markets here in Maryland are nothing like Eastern Market or even the market in downtown Burlington, I still love hitting up the markets when I get a chance.
But shopping locally doesn’t just mean where you buy your groceries, or what you buy on Etsy. Shopping locally is also where you bank, or using the local mechanic rather than a chain car repair shop.
I’ve made it my goal recently to shop with companies and businesses that give back to the community. For instance, hubs and I have long been credit union members. The service we’ve gotten from our credit union has always been top notch and they’ve always been more understanding when we’ve hit times of crisis. This is a trait that credit unions are known for –like when most banks pulled back on lending, more credit unions allowed members to refinance “bad debt.”
We’ve used our credit union not just for banking but also for other financing and their customer service has been above and beyond every time. Not to mention, our credit union is also convenient, though it’s DC based, we can use a network of other credit unions all over the nation! Which is awesome considering the other larger banks we’ve used are usually regional and…not convenient.
It’s important to us to trust, not only our local businesses that we patron, but also our bank. Credit unions, in my experience, are always trustworthy.
How do you support your local small businesses?
“Make Your Money Matter” is a grassroots campaign introduced by eight credit unions from across the country and PSCU that aims to educate a new generation of consumers about the wealth of benefits credit unions provide over big banks. You can get more information and get involved at www.makeyourmoneymatter.org
This post is sponsored by Make Your Money Matter, in association with PSCU, though all views expressed are my own.