Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Interesting to put into perspective of how WE shop makes a difference to Americans and their lively hood.
One Light Bulb at a Time
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 ...
Good idea .. . . one light bulb at a time . .. . .

Check this out . I can verify this because I was in Lowes the other day for some reason 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 . Start looking ..
In our current economic situation, every little thing we buy or do affects someone else - even their job . So, after reading this email, I think this lady is on the right track .. Let's get behind her!
My grandson likes Hershey's candy . I noticed, though, that it is marked made in Mexico now. I do not buy it any more.
My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico ... now I have switched to Crest. You have to read the labels on everything ...
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 in a company in Cleveland , Ohio .

So throw out the myth that you cannot find products you use every day that are made right here ..
So on to another aisle - Bounce Dryer Sheets . ... . yep, you guessed it,
Bounce cost more money and is 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!

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! Stop buying from overseas companies!

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


Belinda Jo Adams said...

When we came back to the USA in 2008, I determined to buy only Made in USA. Yes, you have to look but you can find those products. If it was not made in USA I did nto buy it (for the most part) We saved a whole lot of money!! :)
I have slacked up some since settling into our home, but I still check for USA first. And plan to do it more after reading your article.

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Mrs. B, a very peculiar person said...

Hi Barbara,

I whole heartedly agree with this post. I do my best to purchase products manufactured, produced or grown right here in the USA.
At one time the US was the largest exporter of goods and food worldwide. Today, we slack far behind China, N. Korea, Indonesia, India, Mexico, etc. and in many ways it contributes to our suffering economy.
Thanks for sharing this post with us.

Barbara said...

Yes amen let us all try to buy USA and most of it is cheaper too, we live in a place where fish is plentiful, yet stores in my area sell fish from China, and Indonesia just unreal, we have said something before to them but it does not do a bit of good, if everyone would never buy it, they would quit buying it themself.. Thanks gals for the replies, I am glad I do not stand alone.

Grammy Blick said...

Over the past five decades Buy American has surfaced several times. Wal-Mart was a great supporter for years -- until their pocket book was filled with imports.

Your article is a very good reminder at a time when American jobs are fading. I'd go one step further and suggest rethinking whether an item is really necessary if you cannot find it Made in America. I'll bet it will show up somewhere along the way.

Give a neighbor a helping hand.

Barbara said...

Yes Grammy that is an excellent thought and addition here, God bless you and may we all think, and study on the facts before buying..

prashant said...

I whole heartedly agree with this post. I do my best to purchase products manufactured, produced or grown right here in the USA.

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