HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF)- The phrase "I'm a local" can save you big bucks here along the Grand Strand. Many area attractions and businesses are offering discounts to say thanks for the support. Businesses say it is largely because of locals that they can keep their doors open during the winter.

They also say that the locals who know about the deals bring their extended family when they are in town, which means even more dollars for the business.
 
Angelo's, the Italian steak and pasta restaurant, offers ten percent off to those who call Myrtle Beach home. They say the local crowd braves the cold in the winter to eat out, and then is loyal enough to wait in long lines during the summer.
 
Locals say with the high cost of gas and living expenses, having any discount encourages them to get out more, which in turn, pumps up the economy.
 
Locals can qualify for up to half off entertainment shows like The Carolina Opry, Alligator Adventure and Ripleys Believe It or Not. Some restaurants and shops in Broadway at the Beach offer ten percent off your purchase (some restrictions apply). Local golfers can also save big for hitting the greens.
 
For moms like Bonnie Finelli, she says a discount could mean the difference between staying home or going out.
 
Finelli says, "It's going to make me be able to go out maybe 2 or 3 times as opposed to one time so then that's really going to start spreading my dollars around to more businesses. You know we're all on a strict budget and so if I could go and take my little girl to more things for half the price, I'm all for it."
 
In order to qualify for the deals basically all the businesses ask is for local ID.
 
Another option to save is to register for a local rewards card, which is available through WMBF News. Sign up there, pay $20 for the card, and then show the card when shopping around the Grand Strand.
 
Bonnie Finelli says, "I'm a new local, but I'm here 24/7, 7 days a week so I would be able to frequent their businesses on those sunny winter days when the tourists aren't here so I mean, I could certainly raise their business if I knew what the deals were."
 
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