Break the Bank: Build Your Local Economy

From babysitting co-ops to community currency, an alternative economy is brimming under the surface of our consumer system. Find out how to help build more local, equitable economic models — and feel good about the ways you spend your money.



Neighborhood gardens turn empty city lots into food-growing commons.
Photo By John Koivuluouma
This Kansas City family connects with babysitters through listings at www.BabysittingCoOp.com.
Photo By Stephanie Swanson
Need a wardrobe upgrade? Organize a clothing swap to trade for new-to-you apparel.
Photo By Superstock/National Geographic
Tool-lending at the Toronto Tool Library eliminates the need to purchase expensive equipment for a single job.
Photo By Gene Homick
A payment kiosk makes renting a bicycle from New York City’s Alta bike-sharing program easy.
Photo By Superstock/Ambient Images Inc.
BerkShares community currency of the Berkshire region of Massachusetts is printed at Excelsior Printing Company in North Adams, Mass.
Photo By Jason Houston











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