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In an economy often overrun with imports and cheap, Chinese knockoffs of authentic American products, it’s always a special act of patriotism to Buy American while there is still American left to buy, and to help ensure that there always will be.

The summer months often are accompanied by price and savings specials as well, and there’s no better way to spend your American dollars than while saving on your American purchases at the same time.

Some of my favorite Buy American websites are having summer specials right now. At www.MadeInUSAForever.com you’ll find special prices on gym shorts and fleece shorts made in USA by Sovereign for reasonable prices. If you like to go running and jogging like I do, it’s a great time to get those American-made gym shorts that are so hard to find from domestic sources in the stores.

How about a set of eight kitchen tools made in America by patriot plastics? MadeInUSAForever.com has all kinds of products that we all use as consumers all the time, so why not buy American with the money you’re already going to be spending anyway?

Other available specials at www.MadeInUSAForever.com include a Master Building Blocks toy set, pool cues made in America by Viking Cue and an American-made Surf Grip accessory caddy for that fun-in-the-sun trip to the beach.

Some items aren’t specially priced, but still should be considered a special because they’re so hard to find made in the USA, like the Magnificence Towel Set by 1888 Mills, the various American-made cookware pieces from 360 Cookware or the MadeInUSAForever.com logo baseball cap (I have one of these as part of my cap collection). When is the last time you saw a baseball cap made in USA? You can’t beat the price at $12.95.

Overall, there are more than 1,800 products available from www.MadeInUSAForever.com, and of course all of the products on the site are made in the USA. It’s definitely one of the best places to shop if you want to spend your dollars on domestic goods.

You’ll also want to be sure to check out the other Made in USA companies which are linked with banners at the top of my www.howtobuyamerican.com website.

If you want to buy clothing that’s all American, then you’ll want to visit www.AllAmericanClothing.com for apparel that’s 100-percent made in America with 100-percent American-grown cotton. Right now you can get free shipping on orders $99.00 and up. I recently took advantage of this special and bought some brand-new American-made jeans.

They’re adding more American-made products all the time, and some of the latest are products I use all the time, like Okabashi sandals and flip-flops. Also check out the American-made, handmade Footwear by Footskins.

For computer furniture and accessories, there’s nothing better than what you’ll find at www.VersaTables.com. And right now you get free shipping and a lifetime warranty along with that American-made quality.

The American-made electric tankless water heaters available from the Hubbell Electric Heater Company are affordable, eco-friendly and easy to install. If the days of your old-style tank water heater are numbered like mine is, you’ll want to give this company serious consideration since you’ll save some serious cash on power bills when you go tankless. Take a look at www.buytankless.com.

You can find all kinds of art available in oil, acrylic and watercolor at www.AntonelaArt.com. All art is painted on American-made canvases and all kinds of American-made frames are available with your purchase.

Just about any American-made toy you can probably think of is available at www.toysofusa.com, where not only the toys are made here, but all the parts that go into making those toys are from domestic sources.

The best socks are proudly made in Sheboygan, Wis., by Wigwam. Whether you’re looking for socks for the outdoors, sports (including snowsports), health or at work and on the job, you’ll find them all USA-made at www.wigwam.com.

When’s the last time you walked into a store and everything there was made in America? www.AmericanAisle.com is not only an all-American-made ecommerce site, but they actually have a brick-and-mortar store in the Chicagoland area that features only American-made products. So check out American Aisle, where every aisle in the entire store is filled with American products from one shelf to the next.

If you wouldn’t treat yourself to food that was grown or produced in China, why would you treat your dog any different? At www.KonasChips.com, you’ll find not only chicken jerky treats for dogs that are made in America with no foreign additives, but they’ve expanded to include American-made dog toys as well.

If you have small children, American-made safety and convenience should be at the top of your list. At www.MunchieMug.com, you’ll find FDA-approved and BPA-free spill-proof snack cups for children ages 1-4 years. I’ve tested these out myself personally and your child’s favorite snack will stay in the cup and water, juice or any kind of liquid will not spill either.

www.Petriot.com is an online marketplace for American-made products. If you count yourself as one who wants to strengthen the American economy and promote the growth of American business by buying only American-made products, then check out the expanding online marketplace that is www.Petriot.com.

At www.LTSLaser.com, you’ll find American-made personalized furniture that will last a lifetime. LTS Laser has been in business for over 25 years, and their granite and marble-top furniture pieces are truly one of a kind.

For traditional American-made furniture, I know from personal experience there’s no better place to buy than Florida-based Home Furniture. If you truly support the Buy American cause, you shouldn’t fill your home and your everyday surroundings with foreign-made stuff. Home Furniture is the only traditional furniture store I know of where absolutely everything is made in America.

So there you have it; all kinds of ways to celebrate the American summer by being American and buying American.

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