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(VIDEO) Buy local this Christmas, follow the money

Deep Throat said it best in the 1970s classic thriller about the Watergate conspiracy: “Follow the money.”

That’s what Stennis Institute development director Phil Hardwick does every year with dollars spent locally at Mississippi homegrown businesses.

Instead of fighting traffic and crowds at big box retailers like Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R Us or the recently troubled Best Buy, one suggestion this year is to buy local.

Hardwick says that keeps more sales taxes in the state; money that can come back to communities from Tupelo to Ocean Springs and be used on everything from schools to new roads.

For more on this and for ideas on places to shop in your area this holiday season, watch the following video.

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