We’re well into December now and it’s time to crack on with the rest of my Christmas shopping. Normally I try to do as much as possible ahead of the festive season in sales throughout the year. But there have been a lot of distractions this year, plus nobody seems to know what they want and as a result I’ve only managed to get half the items I need ahead of time.
Unsurprisingly, our local shops have been finding trading very tough in the recession. Many of them make around 40 per cent of their year’s takings during the Christmas period and have told local newspaper reporters that Christmas 2009 could be make or break time for their businesses. If residents don’t spend their money on our high street this festive season, more shops could be forced to close. We’ve already lost Woolworths and two other local outlets, so it would be very sad to see other businesses go the same way.
One of the great things which marks out our town is our beautiful high street with its many independent stores and old Tudor buildings. It really distinguishes it from neighbouring towns and villages and makes many people want to live here because there is a real villagey feel to it. But if we don’t put our money where our mouths are, we could easily wind up with more empty premises and a ghost town on our hands.
My conscience has been pricked a bit – some of these outlets that closed I know I rarely shopped in – so I’ve decided this year to try to do as much of my present and food shopping as possible in our local shops. I think it’s important to try to support them. Obviously we only have a small selection of outlets, so it’s not possible to buy everything from our town stores, but I’ll be doing my best.
I’ve been thinking that instead of doing all my seasonal food shopping in the supermarket chains, I will try to buy from our local butcher and green grocers for a change. Luckily I’ve seen that one of the butchers is advertising fresh free range duck, partridge and pheasant, which is great because DJ and I were considering having duck for a change instead of turkey this year.
The question is, will it be value for money? For the frugal bargain hunter, there’s the suspicion that buying locally could be more expensive than purchasing items from the high street chains or over the internet. But is it? I’ll be interested to see over the next week how much of my Christmas shopping I can keep local and how the prices compare with those elsewhere.
Do you shop locally? Do you find it more or less expensive than buying on the internet or from chain stores? Leave a message and let me know.
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