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One of the main reasons I started Savings Lifestyle Cincinnati and Savings Lifestyle Dayton was to support local businesses. They are what our community thrive and grow. I will go out of my way to support a local business versus a large retailer if given a choice anyday.

I especially like how many local business owners have a unique flair to their establishments. The coffee shop in my town has a play area where the kids can draw on the chalkboard while the parents can enjoy a cup of coffee.

Many local boutiques offer play zones for the kids as well. This not only makes me, as a mother, feel like I don’t have to entertain my children and not let them touch anything but also makes me want to stay longer and possibly spend a bit more!

So as you ponder what to buy someone for Christmas. Take a look at the businesses in your town. See what unique gift ideas they have. Many will offer coupon codes and discounts during the holidays too (just remember to sign up for their newsletter).

Visit Happy Housewife to learn how to make a Tie-Dye Pillowcase. I may try this one!

What are some of your favorite local businesses?
Find more ways to save MORE money on Christmas!

I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions for saving more for Christmas expenses! Submit your best savings tip specific to Christmas and Holiday Savings on the Everyday Savings Tips form. You’ll be entered to win the $50 cash price each week too!

About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and Cincinnati.com as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.

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