Today’s reader question comes from Shana via Facebook. She’s wondering about how to balance her desire to support local (kosher) establishments vs. to save money by shopping at national chains, such as Costco.
How do you reconcile wanting to support local businesses, particularly Jewish/kosher ones with also needing to find the best possible prices and/or save money?
Kansas City doesn’t have a kosher-only supermarket anymore (although we do have a regular supermarket with an expanded kosher section), so I don’t face this dilemma all too often.
When I do, I will admit that I usually answer with my pocketbook (and my price book) – hoping along the way that the whole free market economy thing will work itself out.
Ultimately, I think the tightness of one’s budget should be the determining factor, although I would love to hear all of your thoughts on this question as well.
How do you reconcile these two sometimes conflicting values?