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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Made in the USA ...or not?


I admittedly don't open every "isn't this cool" or "check this out" email from friends and family. There seldom is time to read everything that comes in (hey, I've got a blog to write, a job to find, Avon to sell...you get the picture), but every now and then one hits home. This is not intended as a political statement on my part, but it does bring up some good points and (a) helps us with lower prices and (b) helps build the US economy at least a bit. I thought this one might be blog-worthy...though, sorry, don't know the actual author!

"My grandson likes Hershey's candy. It is marked made in Mexico now. So 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 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 - 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!

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

(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."

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