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Follow the Money: Christmas Shopping 2014

It’s one week out from Christmas and, if you’re a taxpayer, your year end push to finish 2014 strong may have delayed your shopping plans and now it’s time to get it all in. There’s a few more days left and here’s your chance to make sure those last-minute shopping dollars aren’t funding the liberal agenda.

THURSDAY: Travel plans still in flux? Search for the most affordable airline tickets and hotel rooms at Expedia.com. Expedia has contributed to The Heritage Foundation, the conservative public policy research institute that advocates for School Choice and against the Common Core State Standards.

FRIDAY: The farmers almanac is predicting an extremely cold winter this year, so if you’re looking to give your family a leg up to fight the winter months, you can stay warm in body and mind in a new coat from Eddie Bauer, a politically neutral clothing company.

SATURDAY: As you make your finishing touches on the Christmas decorations before guests arrive, stop in at Hobby Lobby and support the national retailer that took the fight for religious liberty all the way to the Supreme Court.

SUNDAY: Even during the Christmas rush, it’s important to remember the reason for the season. Instead of shopping today, take the family to the nearest Salvation Army Center after church. The Salvation Army emphatically affirms pro-life values and provides multiple opportunities to serve those in need.

MONDAY:  The diamond commercials are endless this time of year, so gentlemen, if you’re planning to sweep her off her feet this Christmas, visit Zales, the politically neutral jewelry retailer, to make that special purchase you’ve been saving for all year.

TUESDAY: There’s no such thing as too much butter or sugar for Christmas baking. Make your final grocery sweep at Kroger, the grocery chain that refused to bow to pressure from gun control advocates Moms Demand Action and stood by a corporate policy to follow state and local laws pertaining to carrying firearms in its stores.

CHRISTMAS EVE: Did Cousin Eddie show up unannounced again this year? Run to Rite Aid for quick, last-minute stocking stuffers. Rite Aid helps fund Catholic Charities USA, a Pro-life organization.

CHRISTMAS DAY: The magic of Christmas morning is one of the best memories we can have as children, but parents know those early morning wake-up calls also need to come with an infusion of caffeine. Wake up with a cup of Caribou Coffee; it’s a great alternative to Starbucks when it comes to matching your dollar to your values.

As you make the rest of your purchase decisions this week, remember that the businesses closest to home are always more likely to share our values because small business owners are always more connected to our communities than the large corporations. When you shop at these entities, your dollars are going to stay closer to home.

Conservatives often complain that it feels like we always have to be against something; that we’re always on the defense, always saying “no.” Hopefully this list gives us a few reasons to be positive this Christmas as we cherish time with our families and loved ones.

And if the Cousin Eddie in your family starts to wear out his welcome this year, remember that American Airlines publicly opposes Cap-and-Trade.

Merry Christmas!


Chris Walker is the Executive Director of 2nd Vote, a conservative shopper app. To find out more, download the free app or visit 2ndVote.com.