Sunday, August 16, 2009

3/50 Project

I read about this project over at Thinking Out Loud.

The 3/50 Project is about saving your local economy. It's frequently tempting to shop online because it's easy to check for the absolute best prices and see a greater variety than a local store might have. But only shopping online has a significant impact on your local economy, the number of jobs available in your community and spreads out like ripples in the water.

The project is very simple... it proposes that you pick your three favorite stores that you want to support and be sure you spend a small amount of money each month in those stores. The site shows some statistics on how just a small amount spent with consistent effort can have an impact.

If you love your city and your neighborhood, check out the 3/50 Project and pass the word!


Marcy said...

I wonder if this should be more about focusing in independent stores and shops vs large-scale chains, rather than brick-and-mortar vs online? Online shopping seems to be here to stay, but you can still support local and independent artists by shopping at, say,

That aside, this sounds like an awesome project and I'll be passing the link along. =)

Wendy said...

Marcy, I think that's a great point. I can see the skew in my perspective. I live in a very small town. We don't have a lot of chain stores where I live so for us it's more online vs. brick-and-mortar.

But I think anyone who goes to the 3/50 Project web site will see it stated way better than I did here. :)

JenPB said...

I was in one of my favorite locally owned businesses yesterday and what should I see? THESE fliers on the counter.

Since it's been a couple of weeks since you posted this, it too my weakened recall skills awhile to remember where I'd seen it --- OH YES! HERE! :)