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I think everyone has holiday gifts drifting around in their heads at this time of year.  This is definitely making me think about shopping more often.

I still try to support my values as much as possible and be a conscious shopper. 

This story about 112 workers killed in a factory with poor working conditions in Bangladesh brings some issues back into focus.  This factory made clothes for US and European stores, including Walmart, Sears, & Disney.  Is anyone really surprised?  Sadly, no, not really.  It's good to think about the real cost of your items before you shop.

On a bit more positive note this article about Costco actually gives me a little hope.  See... it is possible.  No, I do not believe Costco is perfect, but I am more than willing to be happy about little steps and hopefully those little steps will keep adding up and we can make real change.

Did you participate in Small Business Saturday
Personally, I didn't buy anything on Saturday, but I did help my parents' buy some gifts online through a local (to them) business.  If you didn't have a chance either, there's still time.  Check out some local stores, I bet you'll find some perfect gifts!  (It doesn't have to be on Saturday ;)

I think it's always a good idea to take a step back and look at what your money is funding.  Especially now when it might seem a bit more challenging.  So many gifts to buy, so little time.  It can be overwhelming.  It seems to be forgotten or thought of less...

I know I still have a lot of shopping to do.  I feel behind & don't have many ideas.  Maybe I should spend some time walking around my local shops to see what I can find =)

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