Making a small change in our buying habits can and will help the American economy. The recession is continuing to take a very hefty toll on American businesses and this in turn means fewer jobs, more families on welfare and generally a lot more misery to be spread around. Next time you look to order or buy an item, just take the time to consider where it is being made before you hand over your money!
A good business example is in sourcing printing needs.
The internet has brought many suppliers right to our doors, and printing is no exception. Today you can make a search for something as simple as asset labels and see thousands of suppliers, none of whom look as if they are anywhere else except right next door! The bulk of these suppliers are in fact located overseas, especially in the Far East, notably China.
Buying printing services from these overseas suppliers is bad for the environment and bad for the economy, and ultimately, bad for all of us. By sending that order overseas so you can save a few bucks, you are costing the US economy jobs, taxes and increased welfare payments to those left unemployed. In many instances you are saving a few bucks for shoddy workmanship with poor quality finish and lower service standards. Next time you are sourcing a supplier over the internet, take the time to consider whether the company you are giving the business too is based in the US and is helping Americans by giving them much-needed work.
Now, here’s a personal shopping habit that can help the American economy.
Buying food goods is usually fairly straight forward as we produce most of our food here in the US. So, when you are doing your grocery shopping, look at the non-food items and see which ones you are buying are not made here in the US. Last year the US economy shrank by around 7%, so equating this to your groceries, you only need to find 7% of your bill which can be redirected to buying American. Good products to check include shaving foams, shampoos and beauty treatments as there are many which are manufactured overseas and not here in the US, a world fashion and beauty leader. White goods for laundry and kitchen are extremely valuable products which you can help the economy by buying American. Most of all, the next time you are looking to change your car, look to buy an American vehicle and you can certainly help the economy out a great deal more than the 7% you are looking to put back into Uncle Sam Inc.
Small, step changes in buying habits follows the highly successful strategy used by those looking to shed extra pounds. By simply making healthier choices in your diet you can easily lose weight without exertion. The same applies to the American economy -we only to change our spending habits in a small way in order to get the country back on track. The benefits are enormous and immediate, but there is also nothing wrong with developing the long-term habit of buying American in any event.