You may have seen the American Express ads on TV for Small Business Saturday advocating hitting up small shops while showing an Instagram-filtered version of business owners’ daily lives. Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is here to give you a less corporate, more legit option to help out our South Carolina economy with Shop Local Saturday. “We want to bring the consumers’ attention to the impact that buying local can have on the economy,” explains LLF’s Jamee Haley. “Money spent there goes back into the community much more than money that is spent at a nationwide store.” Forty stores have agreed to donate at least 5 percent of that day’s sales back to LLF for advocacy efforts. And that’s not just code for a Christmas present fund. “We’re making sure that we can be the local voice to advocate not just to the consumer but the city and the state,” explains Haley. Last year, the group helped pass a law in Charleston requiring local bids on public works projects to have preference over out-of-towners. Like the sound of that? Then spend your Saturday after Turkey Day shopping to help out your community.