Frugality & Ethics: Deciding Where to Buy

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[Ever since I started really watching my spending a few years ago, I've struggled with wanting to support small businesses when their prices are way higher than a big box or chain store. Kristen takes on this question sent in by one of her readers in this thoughtful post. -Rita]

Frugality vs. Ethical Buying

For instance, at our neighborhood paint store, a gallon of paint is $42. (higher-end paint, not the cheap-o stuff) Similar-quality paint is about $25 at Home Depot. Or, at the independent scrapbook store, a sheet of nice cardstock runs close to $1, but at the national craft chain it’s about 60 cents. There’s a similar dilemma between farmers’ markets and the big grocery stores.

I can see paying more for better quality (local free-range chicken vs. supermarket birds), but when the quality is similar, should we pay the lower price and be frugal? Or support the small business and pay more?

Read the full post at The Frugal Girl.

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