The holiday season has officially arrived. Whether you invite the entire family or keep it on the smaller side, consider using products from local businesses. Not only will your family be treated to an unmatched meal or experience, but it will also create the ideal occasion for quality family time. 

Here are some of the benefits of shopping locally:

Supports Your Local Economy

Did you know local retailers return about 52 percent of their revenue to the local economy, compared to just 14 percent for national chains? When you buy locally sourced food and other products, you are directly helping to generate opportunities for your friends and neighbors. Studies have shown that neighborhood businesses recirculate a greater share of their money by investing in their area supply chain and employees.

Environmentally Sustainable   

When it comes to the freshness and quality of produce, it’s hard to compete with locally grown options. Fruits and vegetables begin to lose their nutritional value as soon as they’re picked and distributed to grocery stores. When you buy from local grocers, the food is transported from farm to table much quicker. Additionally, choosing locally sourced food has a better impact on the environment. The reduced need for packaging and transportation cuts down on greenhouse emissions and lessens single-use packaging. By choosing locally sourced food, customers can access high-quality products while minimizing their environmental impact. 

Can Help Uncover Hidden Gems

Not only does shopping locally give you access to products that are at the top of their season, but you can also offer your guests unique food that may not be available in grocery stores. Charcuterie boards with an array of artisan cheeses are a great way to elevate your holiday meal. You can take it one step further and buy a turkey from a nearby farm or indulge in a pie from a neighborhood bakery.

The holiday season is a great time to celebrate and spend quality time with friends and family. Consider shopping locally this season to create a memorable meal for your loved ones and to support small businesses in your community!

For more ways to budget and save for the holiday season, read 8 More Ways To Save Money on Groceries During Rising Inflation.

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