You can take the Buy American Challenge right now by sending an email to: BuyAmericanChallenge@gmail.com. Please say in the email: “I accept the Buy American Challenge.” Sign it with your name.
In general, taking the Buy American Challenge means committing buy American-made, -grown, or -raised goods whenever you are looking to buy an item and an American-made version of that item is available to you.
The guidelines for the Buy American Challenge can be found by clicking here. These guidelines are designed to get you started on your buy American journey. Some of those who take the challenge will adhere to these guidelines as written, while others develop a buy American program that works better for them. These particular guidelines were written to be clear and easy to follow. They allow for quite a few exceptions to the general buy American rule to make the program practical and palatable. But again, they are just there to give you a place to start.
In time, you may choose to follow a program that is even more stringent, and committed to keeping every possible dollar you spend in the U.S.A. creating jobs here. The Buy American Challenge guideline, for example, only call for those taking the buy American Challenge to buy American-made finished goods. However, some people choose to buy from only American-owned companies, and only finished goods with a lot of American-made parts content. These considerations are worthwhile to consider, but we recommend starting with these guidelines and seeing how it works for you. You can kick your buy American program up a notch once buying made in the U.S.A. becomes easy.
The Buy American Challenge has no stated time period. Some try it out for a week, while others commit to it for a lifetime. The time period you choose is entirely up to you. There also is no enforcement of the Buy American Challenge guidelines. That is up to you as well. But remember, the more you can stick to buying American-made goods, the more good you are doing for your country.
If you accept the Buy American Challenge you are likely to find it very rewarding. It feels good to know that with every hard-earned dollar you spend, you are doing something to help your country by helping to create American jobs, at a time when Americans need them the most.
You might also find that you are spending less money because you are making far fewer impulse purchases. Many are surprised by this when they begin to buy American, but it’s true, when you cut impulse purchases out of your buying habits, you will spend less money. And the things you do buy, by and large, will be of much higher quality. America still makes some of the highest quality manufactured goods in the world.
If you are not ready take the Buy American Challenge, please think about making a commitment to consider where a product was made in your purchasing decisions. Too many of us don’t even do that anymore. If you will take the time to see if a product is American-made, and have it merely be a factor in your choice of whether to buy it, that will be a major step in the right direction.
To those embarking on the Buy American Challenge: Good luck, and thank you for making the commitment! Please let us know how your challenge is going. We would love to hear about it.
Again, you can take the Buy American Challenge right now by sending an email to: BuyAmericanChallenge@gmail.com. Please say in the email: “I accept the Buy American Challenge.” Sign it with your name.