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Publisher's Note: Making the most of $600
By†Jody Reese

So youíve got or will be getting $600 back from the government.

What to do with this windfall? The big box stores are offering all sorts of incentives to get your cash, but what they wonít be telling you is that handing the cash to them wonít much help the local economy.

The reason for that is that Wal-Mart and other big retailers donít buy locally and donít bank locally ó the two things that really help the economy and make sure we can all make the mortgage.

Save it
Assuming you donít have a ton of credit card debt, one option is to save your $600. But not all saving is the same in terms of the local economy. Saving your money in Citizens Bank or Bank of America will do absolutely nothing for the local economy. Those national banks donít recycle money back into the local economy the way little banks and credit unions do.

A small bank or credit union will take the money you put in savings or in CDs and lend most of it back out to businesses or people in the community.

By saving your money, it is multiplied throughout the local economy again and again (if people keep using local banks). In an odd way, your saving the money means a local businesses can spend it and again.

Spend it
So youíve got plenty saved and really want a new lawn mower.

First, try buying a used mower. The money you spend will go directly into the hands of a local person and then youíll likely have to repair the thing, so thatís more money into local employment ó and youíre still saving money over buying a mower at a big box store.

Even if you really really have to have a new mower, then buy it from a local dealer who sells American-made stuff. Buying from a local retailer, regardless of what they sell, helps the local economy more than buying from a big box retailer.

Spending your $600 on services will go further because almost all of that money goes to pay local residentsí wages. So getting a haircut or going to the spa not only reinvigorates you, but itís good for your community too.

Buying locally grown produce or meat will also keep the money here, as will buying some local wines, Budweiser beer (made in Merrimack) and a whole host of micobrews.

Eating out is also a good way to divest yourself of that government money. Food costs account for about one third of what you spend on a meal and some of that is from local growers. The rest goes to pay for the cooks, rent, and other locally purchased goods and services.

Or have some work done on your house. Most of that money goes to wages.

You could also give it to a local charity, such as the Boys & Girls Club in your town or the Salvation Army. Those funds stay local and go to help those most hurt in tight economic times.

Whatever you choose to do, think about how it affects your community.


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1/25/2007 Manchester: Sticking with our bottleneck
1/25/2007 Nashua: How dry I was
1/25/2007 Concord: From pot to throw pillows
1/18/2007 Manchester: Renters have a role
1/18/2007 Nashua: Auctions and death
1/18/2007 Concord: The automobile basket
1/11/2007 Manchester: Rail: Look ahead,not back
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11/9/2006 Nashua: new life in the old stroll
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11/2/2006 Manchester: Less mud, more action
11/2/2006 Nashua: Bigger and better and more!
11/2/2006 Concord: Red River takes a dive
10/26/2006 Manchester: Refocus priorities
10/26/2006 Nashua: The color of pennies
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10/19/2006 Concord: A little bit of everything
10/12/2006 Manchester: Stalled in city government
10/12/2006 Nashua: Closed for remodeling
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10/05/2006 Manchester: Guinta squashes Saturday parking fees
10/05/2006 Nashua: Still a good idea
10/05/2006 Concord: Concord's new paper
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09/28/2006 Nashua: Nashua's symphonic gem
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09/21/2006 Manchester: The low-income housing puzzle
09/21/2006 Nashua: Stop studying, start paving
09/21/2006 Concord: Road to the future
09/14/2006 Manchester: Glendi!
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09/14/2006 Concord: Time to shine
09/07/2006 Manchester: The idea deficit
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09/07/2006 Concord: Of diners and destinies
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08/31/2006 Nashua: Cheap eats and me
08/31/2006 Concord: Cheap eats everywhere
08/24/2006 Manchester: This isn't Monopoly
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08/17/2006 Manchester: Getting anchored
08/17/2006 Nashua: The art of rememberance
08/17/2006 Concord: The Cap center moves forward
08/10/2006 Manchester: Stopping the wave
08/10/2006 Nashua: Local heroes
08/10/2006 Concord: Make downtown a priority
08/03/2006 Manchester: Transport for the long-haul
08/03/2006 Nashua: Peeking at Peacock
08/03/2006 Concord: Primary myths
07/27/2006 Manchester: All smoke, no fire
07/27/2006 Nashua: The city with the cool market
07/27/2006 Concord: You ain't heard nothin yet
07/20/2006 Manchester: State should help city
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07/13/2006 Manchester: The refugee puzzle
07/13/2006 Nashua: When chemicals made us strong
07/13/2006 Concord: Getting people downtown
07/06/2006 Manchester: Sherriff doesn't like competition
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07/06/2006 Concord: The return of the DOT
06/29/2006 Manchester: Don't hold your breath
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06/22/2006 Manchester: Priming the pump
06/22/2006 Nashua: The right guy
06/22/2006 Concord: Consideration
06/15/2006 Manchester: Stag what?
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06/15/2006 Concord: Stay the course
06/08/2006 Manchester: Guinta's political game
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06/01/2006 Manchester: Throwaway society
06/01/2006 Nashua: We are what we eat
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05/25/2006 Concord: Get on the train and ride
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05/18/2006 Nashua: Teachable moments
05/18/2006 Aspell the man for the job
05/11/2006 Manchester: 2007 budget for 2007 prices
05/11/2006 Nashua: Increasingly vacant city
05/11/2006 Concord: Concord's musical economy
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04/27/2006 Nashua: A global black eye
04/27/2006 Concord: The time has come
04/20/2006 Manchester: Budget bull
04/20/2006 Nashua:Hunting white elephants
04/20/2006 Concord: Rallying for Red River
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04/13/2006 Nashua: Roomates
04/13/2006 Concord: You have to want it
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04/06/2006 Nashua: Changing the flow
04/06/2006 Concord: Time and the river
03/30/2006 Manchester: Calling planet Earth
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03/30/2006 Concord: Legislation that matters
03/23/2006 Manchester: Beyond city government
03/23/2006 Nashua: Short-sighted city
03/23/2006 Concord: Creating Community
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03/16/2006 Concord: Stop the signs
03/09/2006 Manchester: The future is now
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03/09/2006 Concord: Fat free or die
03/02/2006 Manchester: Movies matter
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03/02/2006 Concord: Thinking big
02/23/2006 Manchester: Parking problems
02/23/2006 Nashua: A substitute for Benson's
02/23/2006 Concord: Put parking to rest

02/16/2006 Manchester: Having it both ways
02/16/2006 Nashua: The Nashua arts puzzle

02/16/2006 Concord: Future in beer
02/09/2006 Manchester: Best of us
02/09/2006 Nashua: Put your best vote forward
02/09/2006 Concord: Concord shows off
02/02/2006 Manchester: Chain†reactions
02/02/2006 Nashua: We wuz robbed
02/02/2006 Concord: Looking Back
01/26/2006 Manchester: City government gets wackier
01/26/2006 Nashua: Hometown Pride
01/26/2006 Concord: Growing Pains
01/19/2006 Concord Back to Work
01/19/2006 Nashua: Message in a bottle
01/19/2006 Manchester: The Living City
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01/05/2006 Hippo Manchester ó Five Years Later
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