Your favorite small businesses— the neighborhood bookstore, the family-owned coffee shop, your local grocery store— all worked hard to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CNN website shares these suggestions for making sure they continue to succeed:
Buy gift cards for upcoming presents. Most local businesses have gift cards for sale. Buying a few puts money in their bank accounts right away, even if the recipients don’t use them right away.
Shop locally, even online. We’ve all grown used to online shopping. Check websites for local opportunities to order what you need instead of heading to an internet giant.
Look for discounts. Businesses trying to attract customers will offer discounts to entice consumers. Taking advantages of these discounts will help support them while helping you to stay within your budget.
Tip generously. Your tip may or may not directly benefit the store, but it will show your appreciation to delivery drivers and staff, which can result in higher morale and better retention, which businesses need now more than ever.