I read a lot of other blogs, both financial and not. There are often posts that get me to thinking, such as this one from Betty at Bouncing Back From Bankruptcy on the demise of her higher-priced-but-still-convenient local market.
I always feel badly when local, independent stores go out of business.
And guilty, too.
I'm one of those shoppers who says they support the independents, then goes to the mass marketers in the name of frugality and in search of bargains.
I, too, have a small neighborhood market that I go to only occasionally. If I'm running out of milk, it's easier to walk two blocks to what my kids call "The Chinese Store," (never mind that the owners are actually Korean) even if I do spend $1.50 more for the milk. And if the summer heat demands popsicles, it's much easier to drop into that little store than to get in the car and go off in search of cheaper treats.
But I never do any major shopping there.
So who do I blame if the store is in financial trouble? And to whom will I complain if it goes out of business?
I see this all the time in the bookstore world. I love to go into small, independent bookstores. But when I buy, it's most often from Amazon.com. That helps my pocketbook, but not the local booksellers.
I don't have any answers to these questions.
Just a lot of guilt brought on by frugality.