Stimulus payments are starting to arrive this week, and what Portlanders do with that money really matters.
According to economists, every dollar spent locally creates a ripple effect in the economy as it circulates from consumers to businesses to workers and back again, helping bolster employment in the process.
So if you’re fortunate enough to have some money left over after covering rent, utilities, and other basic expenses, here are 14 ways to keep those dollars close to home:
1. Learn how to make a new meal.
Forget Julia Child. The chefs from Pok Pok, Beast, and other Portland restaurants have cookbooks of their own, and you can buy them in print or as e-books.
2. Order dinner for delivery.
A bunch of restaurants are offering takeout or delivery options, and Grubhub has agreed to waive the commission fees that it usually charges them. Another option: Use the FrontlinePDX website to buy dinner for a frontline healthcare worker.
3. Pay for music like the old days.
4. Stock up on local beer and wine.
Unlike toilet paper, booze is something you can feel good about hoarding — and many breweries and wineries are offering delivery or pickup options.
5. Buy something that pays it forward.
6. Order a book for your kiddo.
7. Find a new read for yourself.
8. Start a craft project.
9. Dive into a new board game.
10. Try getting your groceries delivered.
11. Order fresh produce from local farms.
This Eater guide to grocery shopping includes a list of Portland-area farms that are selling CSA boxes or other special food bundles.
12. Pay in advance for things you’ll buy anyway.
Small businesses need to keep cash coming in the door, so many of them are selling gift cards or giving customers the option to pay in advance for tattoos, haircuts, or other services.
13. Support a nonprofit or economic relief fund.
14. Become a Bridgeliner member.
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