Call me a hippie or old fashioned or nostalgic, but there is something drawing me to the way things used to be done. I want to think more like my grandparents did. You know, when you grew some of your own food, when you shopped local and built lasting relationships with people in your own town, when you bought things that were actually made in America, and when you chose products that would stand the test of time and not made to break in a few months, when you actually planned on keeping your things for the long haul instead for a year or two when a fancier model came out, when you drove your car til it completely fell apart (which took a long time in those days) and lived without car payments and were out of style, but without the stress of debt, when you actually fixed things that broke instead of immediately replacing it. I’m going to be honest, most of those things go against my consumer desires. I like bright shiny fancy new things. I like to throw things away. I am a product of American consumerism and I kinda like it that way.
So, what started all this change in thinking? My own Mr. Fix-It-Husband. You see we own our business (a local American business, ha) and when Husband buys tools and supplies he needs them to actually be built to last so that he doesn’t have to replace them every 6 months. You see, even I understand that it’s not very cost effective to be replacing things all the time. And you know who makes good quality products that they’re proud of? Americans. So when he can buy a product that’s made out of more than just plastic and made to last and it’s made by Americans, that’s a done deal in his mind. He strives to give his customers the longest lasting and best products and work that he can and so he makes choices that will help him achieve those goals.
Now, the shopping world wants you to buy the trends, go in debt, and not care who made it or where it came from. (I’m gonna be a hater for a minute on The Bank of Edwardsville. Their bright flashing sign encourages people to take out loans for trips and fun. I mean, c’mon. If you don’t have the money for the trip, then you don’t go. Moving on.) It’s no wonder we make bad financial decisions. It’s taking me a while to change my mindset and I still buy and do things without thinking. But I want to strive to buy more American made products. It’s both harder and easier than one might think. It takes some work and thought and sometimes more money up front.
What do you do when there’s not an American made option? First, be sad that there’s not. Second, ask Husband what to do. ha The other day he was shopping for some tool. There wasn’t one made in America. What did he do? Turned all the options over to see where they were made. China. China. Germany. German made it is. If you can’t buy it made in America, then buy anything not made in China. That’s his rule of thumb.
So there you go. Buy American made, or at least not made in China.
Anyways, think a little more like your grandma, nana, meemaw, papa, grandpa, or pops. There are a lot of things that we could learn from their lifestyle.
(The irony does not escape me here that we want to buy American made products, but adopt a non-American made baby.)
What American made products do you buy?