So last night, we decided to take a drive out to Home Depot to pick up wood for the 3 new garden beds we want to build this year. For 12 six-foot lengths of untreated pine (we make our beds out of pine - some folks use cedar - but we find pine works well), we paid over $75 (eek!!!). Half way home I realized we had made a big mistake - why were we going to Home Depot when there's a small, locally owned lumber yard right in our own town?? We called the lumber yard this morning, and asked their price for the same wood. The answer? Just $23 and change! So guess which family will be returning to Home Depot this morning, bringing back last night's purchase, and stopping by the lumber yard this afternoon?? Yep, that would be us!!
Lesson learned - when you need something, look to the local guy first!! It's certainly not always the case that what you can find locally will be not only less expensive but also better quality - but it frequently works out that way. We're so conditioned to think "big box store" when we need something - it's a habit that's not easy to break. I haven't shopped at Walmart for years, but I still go to Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, etc. more frequently than I probably even realize. I wonder if I could go the rest of the year without shopping a big box store. Hmm... that's a challenge I might have to consider for myself. Stay tuned!