the 3/50 project:

Think about which 3 independent businesses in your community you’d miss most if they were gone.  Stop in and say hello. Buy something. Your contribution is what keeps those businesses around.

If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently-owed businesses, their purchase would generate more that $42.6 billion in revenue.

For every $100 spent in independently-owned store, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.  If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays in your area.  Spend it online, and nothing comes home.

The number to people it takes to start the trend……1.
OK, this isn’t parenting-related. Directly.  But I want the gorgeous kids’ bookstore in my neighborhood to stay open, so I’m going. Today. Find out more at