One of the things I love most about living in a small town is the connection I have with the people in the community. I’ve been in the same town since I was born so many of my friends and neighbours have known me ever since I was a young child. And now, as an adult, many of the people I know from my school days have started their own families and businesses in the community.
The main street of Lumsden is where the vast majority of the town’s businesses are found and most of them are locally owned and operated. It goes without saying that I have a close personal connection to many of them. In fact, my friend Lasha, who was one of the members of my graduating class, owns and operates a fabulous bakery in one of the street’s oldest buildings. And my younger brother’s former classmate Deanna runs a great massage therapy and aesthetics shop just a few steps down the street.
I support these businesses and the many others in my small town partially because I have a personal connection to the people that run them, but also because they offer such fabulous products and services. I’ve been addicted to Lasha’s homemade granola bars ever since her bakery opened. And I love being able to pop in for a pedicure with Deanna before a special occasion. The town’s beloved candy and toy store, The Painted Parasol, is a favourite destination for my boys and a great place for original, last minute children’s gifts. And the beef jerky at the local butcher shop is one of Lumsden’s claims to fame; I often buy it and send it to friends in other provinces that tried it once and now can’t get enough of it.
Considering how important these businesses and the people that run them are to me, it goes without saying that I want them to continue to thrive. And one of the ways I do that is by paying with my Interac Debit card instead of with a credit card. I’ve known for years that credit cards charged fees to the merchants for each purchase made, but I had no idea just how high those fees could be. I was shocked to learn that a merchant may pay up to eight times more in payment acceptance costs for credit card payments as opposed to Interac Debit payments.
Interac wants to show Canadians the difference that choosing Interac Debit or Interac Flash instead of a credit card can make to local merchants, so the company has created videos sharing the stories of local merchants and the difference that choosing Interac Debit makes for them. Share the videos to help spread the message! Even better, to help showcase some of the benefits of Interac products, Interac is hosting a fabulous Twitter party that you won’t want to miss! Come join in the #YourChoiceMatters Twitter party on December 3 at 9pm EST to chat about the benefits of paying with Interac Debit and Interac Flash when holiday shopping. You’ll have the chance to win some amazing prizes too! RSVP below and get ready to join in the fun! Open to Canadian residents who participate in the #yourchoicematters Twitter Party administered by SJ Consulting on Wednesday, December 3rd between 9:00 and 10:00PM EST, using the hashtag #yourchoicematters.
With the holidays quickly approaching, thinking about the payment method you choose is one small way that you can support local businesses in your community. And paying with Interac Flash or Interac Debit provides additional benefits as well! The cards provide a more secure payment option to help minimize the risk of identity theft. And by using Interac Debit instead of a credit card, you’ll avoid being stuck with a hefty bill to pay when January rolls around! Whether your holiday shopping is supporting businesses run by close friends and family like me or you’re just passionate about the importance of buying locally, paying with Interac Debit and Interac Flash just makes sense…for you and the businesses you care about!
Disclosure: I am participating in the Interac campaign managed by SJ Consulting. I received compensation in exchange for my participation in this campaign. The opinions on this blog are my own.