Save money or Shop Local? Do you have to choose?

For many of our readers, saving money and shopping frugal involves a trip to a local big-box store like Wal-Mart.  I can’t argue that they do have very competitive pricing which is why you will find me there on a regular basis as well, but I would also recommend that we each do our part to shop local and support the businesses of our neighbors and community members.  Hey, they run sales and specials too you know which means that you can still shop local and save money!

There is a movement quickly spreading throughout communities around the country known as The 3/50 Project, which promotes a simple premise of choosing 3 local businesses a month and spending $50 at each of those businesses.

I think this is a fabulous idea!  If your budget doesn’t allow $50 per business, per month then spend $30 or even $10.  I know your local business owners would appreciate any support you can offer.  Better yet, if you were happy with the service/product you received, come back next month and be sure to tell your friends about the experience.  A little free, word-of-mouth advertising is always a good thing and a great way to help the cause.

If you’d like to learn about The 3/50 Project, I suggest you attend “CINDA BAXTER:  THE 3/50 PROJECT – BUILDING BUSINESS FROM THE GROUND UP”, co-sponsored by the Bel Air Downtown Alliance.  The event will take place on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, 6:30pm-9:00pm at Harford Community College in the Globe Cafe.  Advanced tickets are $5; tickets at the door (if still available) will be $10.

While this event is focusing on those of you in Harford County, these same ideas would work regardless of the community in which you live.  So, get out there and shop local!

Jennifer Kline – I have tried a variety of money-saving ideas over the years, some that work and some that just weren’t worth the time and effort.  I hope that you will come back each Friday to learn my tips and tactics for hanging on to your hard-earned dollar.  I also hope that you will share some of your tips with me by sending them to


Here is the event information as provided to The Zone Magazine:

The 3/50 Project has been described by Fox News as “the formula that could save some local businesses that might not otherwise survive”.  Relying on the simple premise ““Pick 3 independently owned businesses, spend 50 dollars each month, save your local economy”, the 3/50 Project sprung from a simple blog post in March 2009, went viral via social media, then exploded onto the national stage as a way to help local brick and mortar businesses reclaim consumer dollars.  Cinda Baxter, business owner and the founder of The 3/50 Project is coming to Harford Community College’s Globe Cafe, Wednesday, August 24, from 6:30pm to 9:00pm, to speak about the momentum of this campaign and the opportunities that The 3/50 Project can provide to businesses and consumers.

Cinda Baxter began a simple, but powerful message in 2009.  Featured by Consumer Reports as “Buzz of the Week,” the Project has enjoyed positive coverage in the National Media including CNN, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and hundreds of local new channels around the country.

Harford County business organizations including the Bel Air Downtown Alliance, Town of Bel Air Office of Economic Development, Harford County Chamber of Commerce, Harford County Office of Economic Development, Havre de Grace Economic Development, Havre de Grace Main Street, Havre de Grace Tourism and Marketing, and True Housewives have joined in support of the 3/50 Project.  Harford County businesses and consumers will have an opportunity to hear directly from the founder of the movement about the impact that buying local has on strengthening the brick and mortar businesses in our communities. 

The event will be held at Harford Community College’s Globe Café, located in the Student Center.  Tickets are $5.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.  Space is limited, so order your tickets today!  Complimentary light fare and non-alcoholic beverages will be available, as well as, a cash bar for beer and wine.  Advance tickets can be purchased by visiting or by calling the Harford County Chamber of Commerce at 410-838-2020.  For more information, please visit



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