The Buy American Challenge Program
Here is a good buy American program for anyone trying to buy “Made in USA” more often. This program is endorsed by the Buy American Movement. There are thousands of Americans who use this program as their guide for how to adopt more of a buy American lifestyle – a lifestyle that makes a person feel good about the things they buy because they are consistently high quality products and their purchases go to support American jobs.
This program is ideal for three main reasons: It is simple, it is doable, and it works for everybody.
Keep in mind these are just guidelines, not hard-and-fast rules. Each individual person might adopt a slightly different version of this program that better fits their values and lifestyle. These guidelines are just here to give people who want to begin buying American a good place to start.
Let’s make one thing clear up front: Buying American (according to this program) does not mean buying nothing but 100% made in USA products going forward.
What is most important is that each of us makes a good-faith effort to buy American whenever we can. The more diligent we can be about doing this, the better.
Buy American Challenge Guidelines:
The General Rules:
- Buy only American-made finished products or American-grown or -raised foods.
- Items you buy may have parts, materials, and content that is not American-made, -grown, or -raised.
- Items you buy may be made in America by foreign-owned or multinational corporations.
- This program applies only to one’s own personal purchase decisions, not those made for households, groups, businesses, associations, or for one’s profession.
- The decision to commit to this buy American lifestyle should be done willingly. No one should ever be obligated or forced into buying American-made.
Key Exceptions to the General Rules:
- One should feel free to buy a foreign-made product if the item is simply not made, grown, or raised in the United States, and the item does not have a suitable replacement that is made, grown, or raised in the United States. Deprivation of necessities is not necessary or advisable.
- One should feel free to buy a foreign-made, -grown, or -raised product it is urgently needed, and time or proximity preclude one from buying an American-made version of the item.
- One should feel free to buy a product if it is recommended or prescribed by a doctor, dentist, or other medical expert.
- One should feel free to buy a foreign-made, -grown, or -raised product if it is for some reason required.
- If one has a kinship with another country other than the USA, one should feel free to buy items made, grown, or raised in that country as well.
- One is allowed five “cheat items” (or more if you really need more). These are items to which a person might have an existing attachment. Cheat items should be limited, but they are there if they are really needed.
Now that you know what the Buy American Challenge entails, I hope you will take the Buy American Challenge. Good luck on your buy American journey. Please come back to this website to share some of your buy American experiences.
By the way, any ideas or thoughts on these guidelines would be much appreciated.