Saturday, October 24, 2009

It's the Small Things we do That can Help us All

Those of you that have been reading me for awhile now, know I prefer when ever possible to buy made in the USA, not in Mexico or China-especially China.

I am label reader by habit in the grocery store, and now I am a label reader for everything I buy. When I have a choice I only buy USA made. If that store does not have a choice, I go to another store in possible, or to the internet. Kitchen utensils especially I only buy USA and if the company has left our country for its manufacturing I go vintage-at resale shops, and garage sales.

When we were looking for the covers for all the electric outlets in our bedroom-I made sure they were made in the USA. I feel if more of us did this on a regular basis and refused to buy inferior products made in China especially, we could bring back more jobs here in America.

Especially if I was buying for a child-clothes or toys or furniture, I would never buy anything made in China.

I just got the following as an email and was so glad someone else is doing the same. Thought I would share this

We CAN help our economy!!!

A physics teacher in high school, once told the students that while one grasshopper on the railroad tracks wouldn't slow a train very much, a billion of them would . With that thought in mind, read the following.............obviously written by a good American.

(I think this lady's on the right track.)

Check this out. I was in Home Depot the other day, and just for the heck of it I was looking at the hose attachments. They were all made in China . The next day I was in Ace Hardware, and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there. They were made in USA . Got me thinking. Start looking.

In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy, or do, affects someone else - maybe even their job. My grandson likes
Hershey's candy. I just noticed that it is marked 'made in Mexico ' now. I choose not to buy it any more.

My favorite toothpaste, Colgate, is also 'made in Mexico ' now. I've switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Kroger. (Can be true for any store.) I needed 60W 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 (you got it) the USA', in a company in Cleveland, Ohio.

So throw out the myth that you cannot find the products you use every day......made right here!!!!!!!

On I went to another aisle. Those Bounce Dryer Sheets I needed - yep, you guessed it! Bounce cost more money - and - it's made in Canada . The Everyday Value brand was less money - and - 'MADE IN THE USA'! Bye-bye Bounce! I did laundry yesterday, and the dryer sheets performed just like the Bounce Free I've been using for years...........and at almost half the price!

My challenge to you is this. 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 light bulb at a time!

Stop buying from overseas companies and other countries!

We should have awakened a decade ago. Longer than that, over 30 years ago it was already happening.

Let's get with the program and help our fellow Americans keep their jobs, and create even more jobs, right here in the U. S. A


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