Buying Local is all over the news at the moment.
There are programs on it, articles written about it and many, many celebrities endorsing it.
People have excuses as to why they don't shop local: It's more expensive or they don't have the time to shop around.
Well things are changing. I do it but why should you?
I have fond memories of shopping with my mother on a Saturday when I was young.
We'd walk the mile or so into the town centre pulling our shopping cart behind us and when we got there we would go to the small supermarket, then visit the butcher, the greengrocer on the market, Woolworths (for pick-and-mix) and lastly we would stop in at the bakery.
This was the highlight of the morning, picking up a freshly baked loaf and a couple of sausage rolls, still hot from the oven. We would then walk home happy and in anticipation of devouring our sausage rolls as our Saturday morning treat.
That was then and what great memories they still are.
Sadly that kind of shopping doesn't happen a lot anymore.
Cars became affordable and so the walking part stopped. Supermarkets got bigger, carried more stock, were cheaper and became the one-stop-shop for nearly everyone. The internet made things "accessible" and time became a commodity.
Today, visits to town centre's have all but stopped as now the supermarkets are even bigger and carry just about everything you ever thought you'd need and then some.
The decline in high-street small businesses due to low traffic has been well documented and a push has started through media and other avenues to re-grow our community spirit and support local businesses.