The other day I went to one of our local health foods stores in search of some jojoba oil for my hair and skin. I found it and when I realized it was $14.99 for 4 ounces, my eyes bugged out, I put it back on the shelf and decided I would look for it elsewhere. I came home, looked for it on amazon.com and found 4 ounces of organic jojoba oil for around $6. With shipping, it came to around $11, and I thought about it for a minute. I didn’t end up ordering it.
It’s a few dollars cheaper online, but I felt bad ordering it from a stranger online versus supporting my local health foods store. I love the atmosphere (even though it’s pretty small and expensive), the people, and I would hate to see them go out of business. I felt bad that I didn’t buy it in the store!
I’m a big believer in supporting local businesses whenever possible. My husband works for an independent restaurant in the city, and we try to limit our dining out experiences to locally owned and operated restaurants. Someone’s got to support the small guys. They are what keeps our communities going!
Truth be told, I still haven’t made a decision on where I’m going to buy it from. Part of me thinks that it’s an unnecessary expense because I can use coconut oil for skin and hair, but another part of me wants jojoba oil.
How do you balance being frugal versus shopping locally? What is more important to you?