On what should be the biggest shopping day of the year, I’m kicking the Chinese habit…what’s that, you say? Not Chinese food, which I love, despite the calories. I’m going to try to stop buying Chinese and other foreign-made products to do my part to save our country. It won’t be easy, for sure, but I feel I, we all, have no choice.
I took my six-year-old granddaughter to the dollar store this summer to buy art paper and supplies. While there, she checked out several other toys. “Grandma, every toy here is made in China. Why can’t I find something made in America?” Good question.
We’ve become accustomed to buying what’s inexpensive or easy to grab, since we’re always in a hurry. Consequently, we don’t always pay attention to the quality of a product or where it was made.
America has lost the majority of its manufacturing businesses to other countries. Our big businesses find labor cheaper in China, even with the added shipping costs. As a result, America has lost money and power. Due to many of the foreign policies we’ve adopted, we are no longer perceived as a super power, but as a joke. A country who bases its economy mainly on service businesses will fail. That’s what’s happening to Greece, Italy, and Portugal. Conversely, Germany is more industrial and is surviving.
When President Clinton lifted the trade embargo, he sealed our fate. It’s been said that if all adult Americans refrain from buying $20 worth of Chinese-made products, we could have a $4 billion dollar trade imbalance resolved in our favor…FAST!
Let’s seriously consider this during the holiday shopping season.
Our economy has taken a hit like none other since the Great Depression. No one truly knows the outcome and how things may change. Many people have cut back on their spending and gasoline usage to help relieve their personal financial situation. We can do more.
We can’t rely on the government to put politics aside and make the right decisions to correct the economic issues, so we must take some action on our own.
Let’s make it a new American tradition – buy American made products and support owner-operated businesses in your community.
If you feel the same way, here are a few ways you can help your own and the country’s economy:
- Consider buying better quality American-made products for your home and family.
- Spend your dollars at your local small businesses.
- Your grocery store may have a section that displays locally made food products.
- Read labels and avoid any product made in China or labeled PRC.
- Shop for gifts at art or craft shows for handmade goods.
- Realize the real bargain is supporting American-made goods which will create jobs in this country and make the country strong again.
Having trouble finding American made products as I did? Try these ideas for Christmas gifts. They all support your local business people:
- Give a gift certificate for a hair salon, a massage, nail salon or a facial.
- Gas cards are a great idea with gas prices still so high.
- Treat your giftee to a night out at favorite restaurant or a neighborhood movie theater.
- Hire temporary maid service for a harried mom, an elderly relative or a sick friend.
- Give the gift of lawn mowing, snowplowing or driveway sealing.
- Grocery Store gift cards are always welcome.
- Who wouldn’t love a certificate for car detailing, car washes or an oil change?
- How about a gift card for greens fees or a gym membership?
- Local theaters sometimes offer big name music concerts and local productions of Broadway plays.
- For the hobbyist, buy an Adult Education class for cooking or painting lessons, learning a computer language, dancing, woodworking or basket making.
- A local computer geek may be struggling to get his computer repair business up and running.
- Every community is rich with crafters who spin wool and weave it into beautiful accessories, hand-form pottery vessels, craft elegant wood furniture, or create designer-like jewelry.
For a big selection of American-made toys click here. You’ll find something for everyone on your list, including yourself and for your home here. Etsy is becoming a widely known location for excellent handmade goods.
I hope these ideas and links make it easier to get into buying locally made products. We need to get our people back to work, get our economy back on its feet. We can’t do that if we send our money overseas.
Do you have any more American-made gift ideas? Have you discovered other things we can do to help ourselves and our country?
You know I love hearing from you and anxiously await your comments!