It’s November! I’ve (somehow) been shopping locally for 11 months straight. I wanted to write this post because, while shopping with local & woman-owned businesses has been just as dreamy as you’d imagine, failure has also been a part of my journey. I dug through my bank history for the last year and found my moments of weakness so let’s PEEP THEM.
Need to brush up on the rules of Going Local? You can read more about my New Year’s resolution here!
Gasoline. I take the bus to and from work, so my car doesn’t get a ton of use, but I was never able to find a woman-owned or even a locally owned gas station that I could easily fit into my life. If you don’t know, gas stations are a hard gig to run independently and successfully. I’m happy to explain more if you have any questions!
Steak n Shake. You heard me. It’s been a tough year for a lot of people, myself included. This summer I had Steak n Shake delivered, like, 12 times. Easily. Steak n Shake is a big comfort food for me and I can’t even fathom the number of mint oreo milkshakes I went through.
Glossier. Honestly, I ran out of my Milky Jelly Cleanser and panicked. I’m completely confident that I could find a local & woman-owned skincare option for cleanser. Like, hello, please check out Olive + M if you haven’t yet.
Target. Going to Target one time in eleven months is still an accomplishment, don’t get me wrong! When I moved in September, my mom sent me a Target gift card and I just couldn’t resist. I used the card to buy curtains for my new place and to get a really nice bamboo dish rack (that was on sale!). I wouldn’t even let myself go into the clothing section because I knew I wouldn’t make it out alive.
Overtone. I dye my hair y’all, this one was unavoidable.
That’s it. There are five businesses that I spent money with that weren’t locally owned. What’s more, I didn’t ever feel like I was missing out on anything.
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