During some blog hopping last night, I came across this lovely badge on Leslie's blog. The badge then lead me to a great statistic about shopping in the local economy.
"If half the employed population spent $50 each month in locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue." ...and... "For every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home."
Check out project 3/50 for yourselves. It just may deter you from eating or shopping at the nearest chain retailer.