There's an old saying that once the Fourth of July slips past, summer races by. And one of the first things on people's lists after the Fourth is shopping for school clothes and supplies.
And when we do that, we need to look at the big picture. And that means shopping locally for those back-to-school needs.
Sure, you can drive a hundred miles to get the "hottest deal". But then you have to figure out the time it took you to get there and the cost of gas.
By shopping locally, we can drastically slash the cost of driving out of town to shop. And without a doubt, you'll be able to find it right here in Estherville.
Shopping locally means our dollars are staying local. One rule of thumb is that every dollar spent turns around seven times. That means that seven people will be impacted in some way when a person shops here at home.
Shopping locally also means we're paying local sales tax - not the sales tax to help pay for someone else's school in South Dakota or Minnesota. And shopping locally means we're helping pay the salaries of our relatives and friends working in the retail industry.
Next to Christmas, the time leading up to the first day of school is one of the biggest times of the year for retail. That's when a lot of parents replenish their kids' school wardrobes, besides, buying their classroom supplies.
So let's try to spend those back-to-school dollars as close to home as we possibly can. It will help our local economy and build our sales tax base for our schools here right at home.
And who can argue with that.