First Person: I'm Willing to Pay More for American Made Products

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There was a time when "Made in the USA" said something about the quality of the products you were purchasing. I remember my grandfather telling me how important it was to buy American made products when I was a child, but I didn't really take what he was saying to heart until recently. Over the last two years I've started to make an effort to find and buy things that were made in America, and it seems I'm not alone.

According to an article published on Yahoo! Finance by CNBC, "Made in the USA" products are making a comeback. The article outlines how stores like Walmart and companies like General Electric are investing money to make or sell products that are made in America.

However, there are two issues I've found while shopping for American products; they are hard to find and they usually cost more than products made in other countries. Despite the drawbacks, I've decided I'm willing to pay more for products that are "Made in the USA."

Here are a few types of items I'm buying, and how much more it's costing to buy the American version.

Bed sheets

This is one of my most recent changes. A dear friend of mine purchased a set of American made sheets, and told me how great they were. I'm no stranger to paying more for bedding because the higher priced pieces tend to last longer, so I decided to give her new brand a try. I purchased a set made from 100% cotton that came with a fitted sheet, a flat sheet, and two pillowcases for $86. That's about $50 more than I would normally spend, but I'm extremely pleased with my purchase.

Bake ware

After seeing numerous recalls of various products made in other countries, I didn't feel comfortable preparing my family's food in bake ware made in places with lower quality standards. Much to my surprise it wasn't hard to find bake ware that was made in America, and it wasn't as expensive as I thought it would be. A local pottery shop sells six pieces sets for $70, which is about $30 than I would pay for a set at the local big-box store.

Bath soaps

I started to buying soaps made in America as an effort to eliminate chemicals from my everyday life. I had a friend who made all natural soaps in her home and sold them to me at cost; however, she quit making them, so I had to find a new source. I'm now ordering from an online store, and paying close to $5 for a bar of soap. That's about $4 more than I would pay for a bar from the store I used to shop at, but knowing exactly what I'm putting on my body is worth the extra expense to me.

Just these three purchases have cost me $84 more than I would normally pay, which is a lot for a middle class family on a tight budget, but the quality is well worth the extra money.

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