Christmas is over and a great time was had by all. The kids got everything they asked for (their Santa lists were short this year) and then some. H worked Christmas day, so the kids and I had a super chill afternoon and evening much like most of our regular evenings, which honestly made me happier than having to run around all over the place.
But rather than talk about Christmas and presents and such, I wanted to start a discussion about how we all make choices about where we do or don’t spend money based on a company or business owner’s political or religious leanings.
I generally try to do my best to shop at places that don’t actively discriminate against gay and lesbian families in their policies with their employees and advertising dollars. But this isn’t always feasible, especially on a limited budget. I take very seriously trying to spend money with companies that actively employee people with disabilities. When an organization actively campaigns against my family and people I care about, I do everything possible to remove said company from my money-spending repertoire.
Recently, a new craft store opened up about 20 miles from my house. Currently my choices include Mich.aels and Wal.Mart for yarn and crocheting/knitting supplies. Yes, we have a Local Yarn Shops (LYSs) in the same radius as the new craft store, but my budget does not allow for frequent shopping at places where small skeins of yarn are $5-$10 apiece. So when I heard that Hob.by Lob.by was coming to town, I was THRILLED. I couldn’t wait to drive out to check it out. Even though it’s about a 25 minute drive, I was getting so tired of the same old tired selection at Mich.aels I didn’t care anymore (plus, while Michaels has yarn, they are sorely lacking in the knitting needle/crochet hook selection).
My cousin came into town and I took a Friday off when she was here and off we went. HOLY COW that place is huge. And it has everything. If you have a crafting addiction you cannot go to this store, seriously it’s insane. I could have spent hours in there. I told H, “If anyone needs a random idea for me for Christmas, tell them I’d love a gift card to that place. And I got one. What’s even cooler is they have online shopping, so now that I’ve seen what their proprietary yarn is like, I have no problem buying it online and not having to drive out there.
And then, I discovered that the parent organization is a super conservative, religiously based company. A company that has actively campaigned against my family and donates to other organizations that do the same. Sigh.
How do you balance your belief systems with your spending habits? How do you reconcile meeting your families needs (food, clothing, etc…) with trying not to support organizations that promote or campaign against things that are important to you? Discuss.