As comptroller, I always support initiatives that strengthen our local businesses and help hardworking taxpayers keep extra cash in their pockets. More than ever due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am urging everyone to shop Maryland and save for the holidays. In fact, I am personally challenging everyone to commit to purchasing at least 50 percent of their holiday gifts from locally owned businesses. I personally plan to buy 100 percent locally.
Coupled with the ongoing issues with America’s supply chain, there has never been a better time to grab that gift from the shelves of your local retailer while you can. And if you use your Maryland-based credit card to purchase the gift, you’ll save and be rewarded even more!
Are you worried if you purchase your holiday gifts online, they may not arrive on time? Well, shopping locally solves that dilemma. Plus, you get the bonus of personalized attention from your friends, family and neighbors who work there! When you spend your money locally, a larger percentage of that money stays right here in Maryland, building back our economy and communities.
With the holiday season upon us, there is no better time to take advantage of the abundance of great deals. I am thrilled to once again partner with Maryland credit unions that are offering fabulous incentives to shop at local businesses and save this holiday season. Each credit union is offering different rewards for its members, so check with your financial institution to see how you can save on interest rates or rack up extra reward points.
Planning your holiday feasts? Purchase your ingredients at local independent grocers like Geresbeck’s, Angel’s Food Market or Graul’s Market.
Need something special for a significant other? Splurge on something shiny and sparkling at Marc Todd Jewelers, a day of relaxation at Face It! Spa and Wellness or a gift to suit all tastes at The Cottage.
Looking for the latest bestseller or comic book? Find it at Park Books or Twilite Zone Comics.
How about one more gift for the kiddos? Franklin’s Toys has something to entertain all ages, while Soccer Post or Bulldog Schwinn & Sports are sure to have something for your budding athlete.
You can always buy a gift certificate to your favorite locally owned restaurant, brewery, distillery, winery, art gallery or live music venue. Or give the gift of an annual membership to one of Maryland’s many museums or family destinations like the Maryland Zoo or National Aquarium.
I could go on and on, but my point is no matter what or who you’re shopping for, you can purchase it at a local retailer or organization that supports local jobs and invests in the local economy and has the items in stock now.
So as you cross off items on those gift lists – and check it twice – make sure to shop Maryland and save for the holidays! I personally want to hear about how you shop Maryland and save, so email your stories and photos to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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