I spent this evening watching “” and found it thoroughly entertaining – and sobering. One of the issues I’ve grown increasingly aware of is where the things I buy come from. I am still an awful consumer in many ways, but I’ve started making the effort to at least glance at the “made in” labels on things I buy. If I have a choice I’ll buy American. If I have a choice between buying an item at a national chain or going to a locally owned store, I’ll go local. It’s a bit of economic nationalism, and you have to make a commitment to it on many levels. It’s not always as convenient and it’s very often not at all frugal. I often blur the two: I’ll buy American-made tools at Home Depot if I can, although maybe I’d do more for my community going to the local hardware store and buying Malaysian-made tools. But I do try to be a bit more conscious of what I’m buying and where it’s from. Supporting local stores and domestically-produced goods is a good way to show patriotism – far more so than, say, buying a “support the troops” magnet for your bumper that was made in Thailand.
A few good links:
- Financial Literacy: Learn About Money, Boost Your Finances
- Cheapest Airport Parking Options
- The Fear of Money
- Outdated Job Skills, Poor Job Performance, and Lack of a Plan Can Keep You From Getting a New Job
- What Happens to the Money We Don’t Spend?
- Demanding More from Previous Purchases
- Can You Have a 401k and an IRA at the Same Time?
- Hewlett-Packard Hates the Environment and Your Wallet
- 21 Best Money Tips Ever
- Networking With People –How A Shy Guy Mastered It
- Time To Break Up The Banks