Once a year we’re encouraged to “shop small.” I’m glad someone is bringing attention to the Mom & Pop Stores, even if it is a credit card company (eye roll and a frown), and encouraging people to step out of their big-box store and discover places to shop where the owners of the business are established members of their local community. But why wait??
I know this will seem random but I am going somewhere with it. Did you know that Starbucks belongs to the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a large food industry group that fights against food labeling that would let you know exactly what you’re putting in your one-and-only body? (great article here) Today Starbucks is starting their holiday drink promotion which inspired me to post this “spur-of-the-moment rally” to start shopping small today. For a moment, I almost jumped in on their clever “bogo” deal for their reward members (no, I am not one) that makes you want to grab your best friend and “Share Joy” while sipping eggnog lattes from their cheery, red holiday cups. It only takes a minute to really think it through before you start to wonder –
What is that free drink really costing me?”
Followed by a reminder from John Maxwell to –
So I’ll be sharing joy at my favorite local coffee shop instead and I’m hoping you will do the same.
Don’t wait for a yearly “movement” to roll around before shopping small.