Originally Posted by leannekarella
I'm all for that...if one can afford it. I, unfortunately, cannot.
Big city Canada isn't what I was getting at anyway... I live the exact distance from Vancouver as I do Bellingham. I have to save every penny, and Bellingham, WA is way cheaper than Vancouver. I support my local farmers by only buying produce from the one market where they grow everything practically in my backyard. They're also cheaper than normal grocery stores for produce. Besides, my "local" stores (groceries) are big chains, so why bother? I can get things at 1/3 savings if I cross the border and go to Safeway or Walmart there instead of here. I'm on the border, not in the boonies. If I were, I wouldn't spend the $$ on the gas and would shop locally.
I hear you on the big chains that's for sure it seems everything is going that way. I miss vancouver Island where I am from and the smaller local choices and farmers markets. Unfortunately none of that where I am up north so I have to support the big chains, but am just trying to keep what we have here if everyone went south to shop (where I am) we would have even less choices. Trust me on the finances I will be looking at alternatives too and have been checking out stores here to see what I can find.