Shopping My Way Around CT: 6 Ways To Support Small Businesses


It’s no doubt that this pandemic has had a major impact on our economy since many businesses had to close their doors last month. That said, it’s essential for us to support small businesses in a way we can — economically or by word of mouth. Here is how we can do so:

  1. Get Takeout: 

Just because restuarant doors are shut doesn’t mean that we have to cook every night. Give yourself a break every once in a while by getting takeout. Many places are open for carryout or delivery. You can also use apps such as Uber Eats, and Grubhub to get them delivered right to your door.

2. Buy Books at Local Bookstores: 

A lot of us have a lot of time on our hands thanks to social distancing. That said, it might inspire many to read a lot more.

Many of the bookstores in my area offer a chance to purchase your books online for curbside pickup or to be delivered to your front door. And, they need your support more than ever before, as their sales are down. RJ Julia, a local bookstore in my area is offering online purchases as well as the ability to buy online. This will help them stay afloat during this crazy time. And, it will probably ship sooner than Amazon Prime will.

3. See if they offer online shopping: 

Many of the local businesses I follow offer the ability to purchase via Instagram or through their website. I love this for many reasons — especially since birthdays and Easter is still happening during the pandemic — and I could still get my gifts, as well as other things I may want. Plus, as mentioned earlier, they will probably arrive a lot sooner than Prime.

4. Get Coffee Locally: 

My local Starbucks is currently closed because it does not have a drive through. That said, try some of your local coffee shops for carryout coffee if you can’t go without your coffee or latte. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite as well.

5. Buy Giftcards: 

Finally, you can also buy gift cards to use when the stories eventually reopen. I like this idea because it not only gives you something to look forward to, but it also gives them some sort of profit as well during this crazy time.

6. Use Local Grocery Stores: 

There are so many local grocery stores around. If they are still open, try going there to get your essentials. One, they might have a higher chance of having it, and two, you’re helping them keep their doors open.

Before ending this blog, I do want to stress that if you’re not in the best financial place because of this crisis, I am not telling you that you need to spend extra money that you don’t have. I am suggesting these to those who want to give back in some small way to keep the economy moving,

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