A few years back, I tweeted about participating in a no-spend challenge. To my surprise, the owner of a coffee-shop in my area sent a tweet back berating me for encouraging others to do something that would hurt local businesses. While I firmly believe the shop owner was out of line it also illustrated how our spending (and saving) choices don’t take place in a vacuum. If you’re like me, you probably struggle on how to reconcile meeting our own personal needs and wants with how to support the local economy and our ideals.
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