September 30, 2014: Help local businesses survive and thrive

DID you know there are only 85 days until Christmas? For some of you that will make you groan, for others it will have you jumping out of your skin with excitement.

But one thing is for sure, if you get organised now, there will be a lot less stress come December!

And there could be even more excitement and less stress this Christmas if you are one of five lucky winners who shares in $12,400 worth of vouchers through the Kadina Christmas Shopping Spree competition.

The YP Country Times is proudly supporting this initiative by the Kadina Chamber of Commerce and local traders and is encouraging people to shop locally this festive season.

It is scary how many businesses are online these days and how easily they market themselves and sell products through Facebook.

Whilst it is convenient to make a purchase from the comfort of your lounge room, stop for a minute and think about if there were absolutely no retail shops.

How many times have you purchased something online only for it to arrive and be completely different to the image you saw online or simply the wrong size?

We need physical shops to go into so we can try things on, look, touch and compare.

What about if you need to buy a last- minute gift for a friend or an outfit to wear on the weekend? If you order it online, it simply won’t arrive in time.

Like farmers, local retailers need a good Christmas shopping season to survive and thrive.

The Kadina Chamber of Commerce business owners are giving this a good crack this season by each donating $400 worth of vouchers to reward their customers.

They are all chipping in to create the overall grand prize pool of $12,400.

Imagine having $5600 (first prize) to go on a shopping spree with, that is a lot of money. You could get organised and buy gifts/things you need in advance, or use the vouchers throughout the year and have a very enjoyable 2015.

You’ve got to be in it to win it, so get shopping!

Amie Price, Editor

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