Tuesday, March 24, 2009


I received an email this morning about purchasing items made in the USA. I'll post the email and then give my view. Hopefully, you'll tell me how you feel as well.

Friends....In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else and perhaps even their job....so after reading this email ... I think this lady is on the right track. Let's get behind her!!

"Hi friends,

This may seem like a funny email but I was so surprised by what I discovered I had to share it with you. When I think of the job situation in this country, I can't help but think this helps in some small way.

I don't know how many households there are in the U.S. but if these were the only things we bought think of the impact....

(She wrote:)

This past weekend I was at Kroger. I needed 60 W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle and right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off brand labeled "Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs and compared the stats - they were the same except for the price. The GE bulbs were more money than the Everyday Value brand but the thing that surprised me the most was the fact that GE was made in MEXICO and the Everyday Value brand was made in - get ready for this - the USA .

So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here - from a company in Cleveland OH ! So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets ....yep you guessed it Bounce was more money and made in Canada, the Everyday Value brand was less money and MADE IN THE USA ! I did laundry yesterday and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I have been using for years and at almost half the price!

So my challenge to you is to start reading the labels when you shop for everyday things and see what you can find that is made in the USA - the job you save may be your own or your neighbors!

If you accept the challenge, pass this on to others in your address book so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time!

Besides, you might save a little green in the process.

Stop buying from China ..........

We should have awakened a decade ago......lets get with the program......help our fellow Americans keep their jobs ... and create more jobs here in the U.S.A.

I have numerous friends that have lost their jobs over the last 6 months. They have families, little kids, mortgages, rents, a need to EAT!

I am not wealthy. I worry about my family's well being too. Our business is dependent on businesses being able to buy advertising. So many of us find ourselves in a very different environment than a year ago. I thank God that I am still able to pay my bills right now.

I want to buy things made in this country. It passes on a message that it's important. Please keep your business here, I'll buy it! But, "usually" the things made in this country are more expensive, and being the frugal shopper that I am, I'll go for the cheaper item.

Maybe we need to learn to be happy with less. Do I NEED that new purse? That new pair of pants? If I put it off for a little bit will I be able to buy that item that was made in the USA? I think it's worth a try.

Then there's the problem of FINDING things made in this country! Not as easy as it seems. I don't know, maybe it depends on where you live and shop. In this little town it's not so easy. Maybe I've not looked hard enough.

It is important enough to us that we look at the labels in the grocery store to see where the strawberries were grown. If grown in Mexico, there's the possibility of it being contaminated. Not because they're bad people, but they don't have the same requirements as we do here. And even here, as recent history has shown, it can be a problem. If we take the time to do that, can't we look at other labels as well?

Maybe it's just a matter of changing our priorities. My hubby will love me whether or not I am the fashionista (of which I have never been! Just ask anyone that knows me. Hehehe).

Yeah, definitely worth a try.


Scriptor Senex said...

Many years ago we had a campaign over called Buy British which was a similar thing. Nowadays, as you commented, it is often not easy to find things that are made or grown in our home countries. I am always amazed that some things can be made abroad, transported all the way here and still retailed for less than things made here.

Simply Heather said...

My husband always looks at the labels to see where it was made...and he is certainly not the fashion guy. He's the construction worker most hours of the day and in his off time, he wears jeans and a decent shirt. Many a time, he has told me to buy "Made in the U.S.A."

The quality of our goods is definately a much better product most of the time. Yes, hard to find sometimes, too. This is a good post, Lisa. One that reminds people to think about what they're spending their money on.

septembermom said...

I agree that we should check labels. Hopefully, many Americans will join in the effort to buy products made in this country. They may be hard to find, but like you said, it's worth the try. Thank you for this important reminder :) We all have to do what little we can to help this struggling economy.

Pam said...

I've been trying to buy American but it's getting more and more difficult to find products.

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