Consumers are seemingly more sensitive to buying American around the holidays than most other times during the year. Perhaps because it’s because as we search for gifts for those on our Christmas list, we run across the words “made in China” a little more often than we would like.
But now that Christmas is over and the New Year has begun, how can we continue to buy American if the bulk of our purchases, for the time being at least, are over?
The good news is that buying American doesn’t always have to involve items that are big enough or expensive enough to put under the Christmas tree, and there are more opportunities to buy American than for just big ticket items like cars, lawnmowers, or large appliances.
Some the easiest – and most inexpensive – ways to buy American are in areas where the consumer is really indifferent as to which product to buy. The good news is that when it comes to simple, everyday items like soap, deodorant, or cotton swabs, usually any product will do since the price difference is usually negligible. The even better news is that sometimes it’s even cheaper to buy American than not.
So here are eleven easy ways to buy American in 2011 using the money you’re already going to spend anyway. Read more...
A documentary film about the need for a parental rights amendment is taking the Bay State by storm.
January 11, 2011: The Dudek family of Hessen, Germany, faces another court date this Thursday for the “criminal offense” of teaching their children at home.
January 11, 2011: Please help HSLDA undertake a letter-writing campaign to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), where the Johanssons’ case is languishing. The ECHR has failed to take any action or provide any response since the case was filed in June 2010.
HSLDA urges members to call their U.S. representatives and share thoughts about an upcoming vote aimed at repealing the government takeover of healthcare that passed in 2010.
We encourage our members to contact their U.S. representative and share thoughts on a new bill that would repeal President Obama’s health care reform legislation.
HSLDA helped a member family when a public school official requested their children’s Social Security numbers—information which is protected by federal law.
December 15, 2010: Homeschoolers in Russia succeeded in their fight to protect the right of families to direct the education of their children.
December 13, 2010: Please send notes of encouragement to homeschooling father Christer Johansson, who is in a Swedish prison.
December 8, 2010: Forced to flee their homeland, a German family is now applying for refugee status in New Zealand.
HSLDA helped a family begin homeschooling in peace after their local public school superintendent made unlawful registration demands.
HSLDA responded to a community activist who wrongfully called on area residents to report “students not in school.”
A dispute over whether a boy’s illness counted as truancy prompted a South Dakota mother to begin homeschooling him. It took HSLDA’s help for her to successfully withdraw her son from public school.
November 23, 2010: Bulgarian homeschoolers hold fast in the face of resistance and an uncertain legal environment.
Supporters of the UN CEDAW treaty intend to use international law to coerce the restructuring of the family and the role of every man and every woman on the planet.
Thanks to the efforts of HSLDA’s members and friends, we are confident that for now a dangerous U.N. treaty will not be acted upon by the U.S. Senate.
November 22, 2010: A nationwide conference helped to encourage homeschoolers and grow the homeschool movement in Romania.
November 22, 2010: The first-ever homeschool congress in Spain drew attention to a “booming” method of education and brought together supporters of homeschooling.