Friday, May 8, 2009


Someone sent me this e-mail earlier this week and I thought it was a meaningful Frugal Friday piece. It is not my original writing but something someone sent me that is floating around in e-mails without an author identified. However, I thought it contained good information that I would like to pass on to you!

Subject: Economic Solution

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!!

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 information on to others so we can all start buying American, one light bulb at a time! And also 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 stimulate more jobs here in the U.S.A


  1. I do the comparison all the time now and it is amazing how many store brands work well!

  2. That's a good tip! I always read the labels to see what ingredients packaged food contains... now I will start looking for country of origin. Thanks!