From Black Friday to Christmas door busters—November and December can be draining months for both your budget and morale. Last year, Americans spent more than $600 billion on food, gifts, travel, and more during the winter holidays. More often than not, that money is spent at malls supporting big corporations. This December, Local First Arizona is launching Buy Local Month, asking us to consider the power of that money, redirected to local businesses.
“During this time of increased spending, it is important now more than ever to connect the dots between individual spending habits and community prosperity,” said Erica Pederson, communications director for Local First Arizona. “Studies show that shifting your spending from national chains to locally owned businesses keeps up to four times more money in Arizona. Those dollars create new jobs and build vibrant communities across Arizona. By shifting your spending to local businesses this holiday season, you will play a significant part in strengthening your local economy.”
Supporting a local food economy also means supporting our local economy in general. From November 21 – 23, Local First Arizona will partner with the Tucson Museum of Art to offer a Holiday Artisan Market, featuring more than 125 local artisans.
Give a bottle of local wine as a gift. For friends and family that like to cook, consider signing them up for a Community Supported Agriculture subscription. Buy a Tucson Originals giftcard; with almost 50 participating restaurants, even the pickiest eater will find something local to love. And a gift subscription to Edible Baja Arizona is the perfect gift for the discerning foodie on your list.
Visit LocalFirstAz.com to find Buy Local Month deals and events.