Shopping local makes 'cents'
I am a 13-year-old student at Hughesville Middle School and did an extra credit project in my social studies class.
The project was to compare prices on at least 15 items at three grocery stores using that week's sales flyers. I used TJ's Market in Hughesville, Weis and Giant.
I expected that Weis or Giant would have the lower prices because of the number of stores they each have (chain store). When I totaled all 15 items that I selected, TJ's was the cheapest over Weis by 10 cents and Giant by $4.89.
I was happy to find this. My family always tries to buy from locally-owned mom and pop stores whenever possible to help support local people. I think the prices are more reasonable at TJ's because they probably have a lower overhead and this savings can be passed on to the customer.
Plus, it's really nice to walk in and have people who work there, including the owner, know you by name and be truly interested in how you are. I wanted to pass the results of this project on to other who may not have realized that shopping at TJ's is a money-saving option.
I think everyone should shop at TJ's because not only is it cheaper, but it is a bonus to shop where everyone knows you and is nice to you.