Hello , I'm new to budget 101. I live in a small community surrounded by mountains. Our entire county is 2500 people roughly & we have an hour commute to civilization in any given direction. Long story short I recently moved to our community several years ago from a bigger city and have found the local merchants do have to charge the community a little more because the volume is just not there & so people grumble drive out of town and shop & then grumble cause there are no businesses in our town . I just want to know where are dollar is better spent .