Shop Local: The Stores You Oppose Started Small And Local

The calls to “shop local” have been growing louder year after year.

Even one of the largest credit card companies, American Express, started a movement called “Small Business Saturday” to entice consumers to shop at small businesses.

It seems that society has become a bit hypocritical lately.

As a whole, we applaud entrepreneurial spirit and even encourage people to start a businesses to achieve financial success (although it isn’t always the answer or even the right thing for certain people).

But then we condemn big-box national chains for whatever reason with our next collective breath.


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It’s a very confusing message we send since most businesses started small and locally. Where is the line drawn to signify when a business outgrows that status?


We tell people to boycott or avoid certain businesses simply because they grew out of the “small business” category. It doesn’t matter what the reasons are, just avoid anything that isn’t local.

What message are we sending to small businesses?

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The BIGGEST SECRET About Taxes You Will EVER Read!

I bet you thought you were going to be blown away by some super-secret, S.H.I.E.L.D. level 10-access info, huh?

You probably saw the title and thought “Oh, wow, now I’m going to get the real scoop!”

Or, perhaps you just clicked on the link because it looked really important with the uppercase font showcasing the “biggest secret” that would be revealed.


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Not everything that people say are secrets are even remotely close to that. It’s generally just a ploy to get your attention.


Well here it is….

You are gullible, and everyone knows it!

Why, you ask?

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How To Look Like A Fool When Asking For A Discount

I have lots of clients who make me shake my head.

There’s the people who hand their kids everything on a silver platter.

There’s the guy who calls at least once a week with a new scheme to avoid paying taxes (“scheme” being the operative word).

There’s the other guy who doesn’t want to pay taxes via salary but then wants a bigger tax refund at the end of the year.


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If you’re going to request a discount on something, be smart about it.


Then there’s the person who inspired this little story.

Well, honestly I wouldn’t have even thought anything of it if I hadn’t read Dan’s article mentioning the fact that it’s ok to negotiate fees with your accountant at Our Big Fat Wallet.

But since I had that article still pretty fresh in my mind, it only made sense that that exact scenario would occur the very next day!

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