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Buying American-Made Holiday Gifts Could Create Jobs

This holiday season, if you buy some of your presents labeled “Made in America”, rather than made elsewhere around the world, you could be helping create thousands of jobs here at home.

According to a report by ABC World News, the average American will spend $700 on gifts this holiday season. If $64 of that $700 was spent on something made in America, 200,000 jobs would be created.

This map of the United States can help you find American products that are made near you.

For more on buying American, read one business owner’s story about keeping industry alive in America.

Holiday Tip of the Day: Buy Safe Toys

As the holidays approach and toy catalogs arrive in the mail, shoppers can become overwhelmed with all the choices. To keep kids safe, make sure to choose age appropriate toys and look for labels with safety advice. For young children, avoid toys with small parts, sharp edges, and electric toys that can heat up. Always purchase safety gear in addition to sports-related gifts or ride-on toys, such as bicycles or skateboards. Learn more about how to buy safe toys.

Did you miss yesterday’s tip? Get more holiday tips.

Holiday Tip of the Day: Shop Online to Save Money and Time

Shopping online can help you stick to a budget because you may be less tempted to buy unnecessary items on display at the store. Look for coupons and promotion codes, free shipping offers, and return policies before you buy. Also, be sure to check holiday ordering deadlines to make sure your gifts will arrive in time. Save money and avoid problems when shopping online.

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Video description: Shopping for Light Bulbs

Video transcript:

Announcer: Light bulbs are getting more efficient. They use a lot less energy to give you the light you want.

Which means you pay lower energy bills.

Better light bulbs also mean a better way to shop.

You’re probably used to buying light bulbs based on watts.

But watts only tell you how much energy a bulb uses, not brightness.

If you want to know how bright a bulb is, you need to think lumens.

The more lumens, the brighter the light – no matter the bulb.

A traditional bulb uses 60 watts to produce 800 lumens.

But this bulb delivers 800 lumens using only 15 watts.

All these bulbs use different amounts of energy but produce the same amount of light.

How do you know which one to buy?

To help you decide, light bulb packages will have a Lighting Facts label.

It’ll tell you a bulb’s brightness, and an estimate of its energy cost and life span.

So the next time you shop for a light bulb, look for the lumens and the Lighting Facts label.

It’s a bright idea.