It's more than just a local business slogan. There are real tangible ways that shopping local around Casper benefits you.

"those businesses define our sense of place, but we often forget their survival depends on our patronage."

I could create an almost infinite list of reasons. But, for the sake of brevity, here are 7 real ways that shopping where you live benefits you.

1. Most local jobs are created by local businesses

The Local Good shared this truth. When you buy goods from local businesses, that helps create more jobs around Casper.

2. It can make you healthier

Entrepreneur shared a study that shows buying local can help local farmers who are more likely to use chemical-free methods of growing your food. That came from the GrubMarket blog.

3. You help Casper keep its unique character

Amiba made a great point about how local businesses help communities keep their unique flavor. They said "those businesses define our sense of place, but we often forget their survival depends on our patronage." I could not have said it better.

4. It might save the environment

Sustainable Connections has an interesting theory about buying local. They claim that local businesses require less transportation which means less congestion and pollution equaling a better Casper environment. Compelling thought.

5. You will help the value of your home

Could shopping local help property values? That was what USA Today said in a story they did about shopping local. They said "lively, vibrant neighborhood shopping streets are considered an advantage when selling a home."

6. You lower your taxes

Independent We Stand theorizes that shopping local helps lower the taxes you pay. How? They shared "shopping in a local business district means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify your community." Less taxes out of your pocket can only be a good thing.

7. You avoid online sites getting your order wrong

Don't you love it when you order from Amazon or Ebay and they either send you the wrong item or screw up shipping? No, you likely don't. When you shop local, you can see and touch what you're shopping for. No shipping delays to worry about when you're walking out of a local store with the item you want. Being able to try on clothes instead of depending on a website to guess your size is a big advantage you'll only get shopping locally.