For those of you who can afford it, I think this is a great idea:
Cindy Baxter began the 3/50 Project in March 2009 to help save the brick and mortars our nations was built on. She has put into practice a very simple idea. Pick three independently owned businesses and spend a total of $50 each month at these stores.
Consider these noteworthy statistics:
If half the employed population spent $50 each month in a locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue.
For every $100 spend in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.
For every $100 you spend in a national chain, only $43 stays in the community.
For every $100 spend online, nothing comes home.
Can you think of three independently owned businesses in your community?
For additional information on the 3/50 Project visit http://www.the350project.net.