Some of the best frugal finds are the ones right under your nose. If you want to be in the “know,” watch your local newspaper for family events and keep an eye out for sale ads for small stores around your town or close to it. Look for sale tables set out on warm nights. Take the time to walk in and compare prices and quality. You may find the quality you get in a small store is worth the extra price for a special gift. When you support local stores and restaurants, you support your town and the resources it can offer.
Recently, my family attended First Friday in Phoenixville. The night was warm and the music was lively and entertaining to all ages. For the cost of an ice cream cone, I saw friends, entertained my children, viewed an interesting new art exhibit and enjoyed the evening outside. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend my Friday night.
As we walked past one outdoor vendor, a friendly young man began telling me the benefits of the Phoenixville Area Business Association (PABA) “Local List.” For a mere $2, I received a small booklet with coupons for 43 local businesses in my town. I loved the idea because all too often I open my Entertainment book and the coupons for stores and restaurants are not nearly as convenient as right in my own backyard.
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