New Year resolutions for living local, 2012!

New Years – the magical time of year when we all pledge to erase our mistakes of the past and get our lives moving in the right direction.  And while some of our resolutions may not make it to the month of February, we at Local First Arizona hope that you take our mission to heart and pledge to support the locally owned businesses in your community for all 365 days of 2012.  Here are some tips to go local in the new year.

Going local?

  • Use the Local First Arizona directory!  Hair salons, auto shops, real estate, entertainment, business services – you name it, you can find it on our website!
  • Pledge to Shift 10%!  Change your spending habits and shift 10% of your spending from a national chain to a locally owned business.   Whether it’s a grocery store, bank, pharmacy or service based industry, a small shift on your part can make a big impact!  Visit the Shift Arizona website to take the pledge in your city.

Getting healthy?

Dieting off those holiday pounds?

Organizing your life?

  • View LFA members that can help you get your life together.

Fine tuning your finances?

Learning new stuff?

  • Learn a new language, check out a photography workshop, become ‘crafty’, dust off those paintbrushes, master a musical instrument – turn to locally owned business for instruction!
  • Visit your local bookstore for guides on teaching yourself new hobbies.

Spending time with family and friends?

Greening your life?

Connecting to your community?

  • Give back to the community by volunteering at a local nonprofit.
  • Staycation in Arizona! Whether it’s a long weekend in Tucson, a day trip into Phoenix or a summer vacation in the cool high country, vacationing in state keeps money in Arizona. Check out our Small Wonders maps for locally owned retail shops and restaurants and stay tuned for our staycation guides on rural communities throughout the state.