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Shopping with Roger
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
February 23, 2009

Have you had trouble finding and buying American-made products? Then buy what I buy! In a new section of my website I've simply titled "Shopping with Roger," I'll be demonstrating just how easy it actually is to buy American products.

No product category is left out. In the listing below you'll see both big-ticket and small-ticket items. I've even listed the store I bought the items from in case you want to check up on the authenticity of the information. But I'll give you fair warning you that if you want to go on a "gotcha" expedition, all you're likely to discover is that you're wasting your time.

Wondering why I've listed so many small ticket items? Many times when we analyze where products we're buying are made, we tend to only look at the big ticket items, the ones that cost us more. But if you take a look at my first "Shopping With Roger" posting, you'll see something else entirely. All the items I bought, when I was out-and-about on a Saturday in Orlando, were small-ticket items. All were made in USA.
And almost all were bought at a Family Dollar or Dollar General store, proving that buying American does not have to cost you more money!

When I was out shopping with my wife on Sunday, I started to expand the list to things I did not buy but noticed were made in USA, and I also began listing the price - proving once again that buying American does not have to be expensive.

I've always said that we really do buy American more than we think we do, and often we do without even thinking about it. Many of the things we buy in the supermarket are made in USA - and this is where we spend much of our time and possibly more of our money.

All products listed are "Made in USA" unless otherwise noted (such as "Assembled in USA" etc.)

Saturday, February 21, 2009
Clorox Bleach Family Dollar  
Clorox toilet bowl cleaner Family Dollar  
Garden Green planting pottery Family Dollar  
Armor All upholstry cleaner Family Dollar  
Tide laundry detergent Dollar General  
Personna razors (5 pack) Dollar General  
Oral-B toothbrushes (10 pack) BJ's Wholesale  
OfficeMax printer paper OfficeMax  
Sunday February 22, 2009
Truemark slingshot Sports Authority $9.99
Stream Machine water launcher Sports Authority $21.99
Wilton wooden dowel rods (12 pack) Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft $3.29
Wilton ultimate cake caddy Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft $14.99
Various Art Frames and Photo Frames (many sizes) Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft various
Essentials art bins (many sizes) Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft various
Strathmore water color paper Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft $9.99
Various Artist Canvas (many sizes) Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft various

Be sure to revisit often as I'll be updating the "Shopping with Roger" section of the website periodically. Buying American at America's retail stores is the best way to provide incentives for those same stores to continue to stock American-made goods and gives us the freedom we deserve to support American workers.

Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism. He also writes "Buy American Mention of the Week" articles for his website and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications, and is now a weekly contributor to WorldNetDaily.


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