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Posted: 9/10/2010 3:21:15 PM EDT
While Texas is doing decent economically right now things in the country could worsen in the future. So what Texas made/based products, services, or strategies do yall use to support our own economy.

Here are some of the things I buy or do.

Shiner Bock
Tito's Vodka
Dr. Pepper
Igloo icechest
Gearbox Software video games
I buy shirts from Shirt.woot.com (now owned by amazon, but still has office in Carrollton)
Comp-Tac holsters

Most of my vacationing is one in the state.

For fast food I usually eat Whataburger.

When I eat out I usually eat at local restaurants instead of national chains.

Shop for my groceries at HEB and sporting goods and clothes at Academy instead of Walmart.

When I go to the movies I wait till two weeks after a movie is released. Opening weeks the studios get about 90% of ticket sales, later weeks they get much less. I'd rather the theater get a some money instead of hollywood, also you wont deal with the dumb crowds and if the movie sucks you will have heard about that by then.

I'm looking to buy an access cab Toyota Tacoma. Double cabs are made in Mexico but the single cab and access cab versions are made in San Antonio.

If I still lived in their area I would have Grande for Cable and Internet instead of Time Warner

I fly Southwest.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 3:30:50 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 3:32:56 PM EDT by ns2002]
LaRue Tactical of course.

ETA: and Superior Weapons Systems
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 3:34:12 PM EDT
I buy chili with NO BEANS!

Jim
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 3:39:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ns2002:
LaRue Tactical of course.

I knew someone would say LaRue, anyone know of any Texas based companies that make decent budget priced lowers? I'm looking to buy a couple to give away for Christmas to friends.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:12:22 PM EDT
I also forgot, STI International :)
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:17:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 4:20:21 PM EDT by Charles_Martel]
We try to get as many "Go Texan" products as possible when we buy groceries.
Also shop at farmers markets.
Buy beef (side of) from local ranchers. Or split a steer with family.
Shiner.
Talked the wife into my STI that I ordered before she knew about it!
Eyeballing some Larue stuff when the wife is not around.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:49:03 PM EDT
I keep our local economy strong by visiting the local strip clubs and massage parlors. Everyone gets a happy ending!
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 4:57:19 PM EDT
Originally Posted By clharr:
I keep our local economy strong by visiting the local strip clubs and massage parlors. Everyone gets a happy ending!


Awesome!!

I do my best to shop local. Sometimes budget dictates otherwise.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 5:10:17 PM EDT
Larue, shiner, DP, comptac.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 5:37:57 PM EDT
Whataburger
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 6:21:26 PM EDT
Also Chip McCormick, KNS Precision, Pact, and WRBUSA, for firearm related items.

Chili's and Macaroni Grill (Brinker Intl), Landrys' and Saltgrass (Landry's), Pappasitos and Pappadeaux (Pappas) and Frito Lay for food.

Yeti Coolers, GM, Mayo Furniture and Ranchhand Bumpers.

Link Posted: 9/10/2010 6:31:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/10/2010 6:35:16 PM EDT by ChiselMonkey]
Blue Bell!!
Shiner
Whataburger
Fritolay
Mrs Baird's
Sweetleaf Tea
True Brew Tea
Pro-Mark drumsticks
Brinker and Pappa's restaurants
Whole Foods
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 6:58:45 PM EDT
Most of these brands I buy because they are better, not simply because they are from Texas.

Texas = better
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 7:04:00 PM EDT
Karma (Jason/Gordon with Ident Marking) do all my engraving while Hipes does all my threading. Attend most DFW gunshows to help local dealers.
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 7:49:05 PM EDT
Academy
Link Posted: 9/10/2010 9:18:06 PM EDT
Tito's vodka has sold out. It is no longer a Texas company. Try Dripping Springs vodka instead. It is also better than Tito's.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 3:46:35 AM EDT
Larue, whataburger, HEB, local gun shops, local eateries, shiner(live close to the brewery too), and other stuff i can't think of right now.

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Link Posted: 9/11/2010 7:20:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2010 7:21:33 AM EDT by Joe-A275]
XS Sights, Larue, Shiner, Whata- Burger, Tac-Pro shooting center.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 7:54:14 AM EDT
Has anyone mentioned Lone Star Beer?
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 8:34:21 AM EDT
Originally Posted By jcrowl:
Has anyone mentioned Lone Star Beer?


No they haven't, and there's a reason for that.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 9:55:07 AM EDT
Originally Posted By 338winmag:
Originally Posted By jcrowl:
Has anyone mentioned Lone Star Beer?


No they haven't, and there's a reason for that.


How about Pearl beer?

Jim
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 10:05:16 AM EDT
Isn't Mrs Bairds made by Bimbo bakeries a division of Grupo Bimbo of Mexico ? Think I read this when they were bought out a couple of years ago.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 10:20:43 AM EDT
Originally Posted By pepperbelly:
Originally Posted By 338winmag:
Originally Posted By jcrowl:
Has anyone mentioned Lone Star Beer?


No they haven't, and there's a reason for that.


How about Pearl beer?

Jim


How about

(512) Brewing Company, (website) - Austin, Texas.
Blue Star Brewing, (website) - San Antonio, Texas.
Franconia Brewing Company, (website) - McKinney, Texas.
Fredericksburg Brewing Company, (website) - Fredericksburg, Texas.
Independence Brewing Company, (website) - Austin, Texas.
Live Oak Brewing Company, (website) - Austin, Texas.
New Republic Brewing Company, (website) - Brazos County.
Rahr and Sons Brewing Company, (website) - Fort Worth, Texas.
Real Ale Brewing Company, (website) - Blanco, Texas.
Saint Arnold, (website) - Houston, Texas Texas's oldest microbrewery.
Southern Star Brewing Company, (website) - Conroe, Texas.
Spoetzl Brewery, (website) - Shiner, Texas Commonly referred to as Shiner, this is the oldest independent brewery in Texas. Most known for their beer, Shiner Bock.
Thirsty Planet Brewing, (website) - Austin, Texas

Don't forget Garrison Brothers Distillary.

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 10:36:02 AM EDT
USAA
AT&T
Exxon/ Mobil
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 10:37:26 AM EDT
I buy from these guys whenever i can.

Ammunition to go
Primary Arms
CDNN
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 10:40:36 AM EDT
I rarely drink beer but I will only buy wine produced in Texas
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 11:10:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2010 11:12:43 AM EDT by OFFascist]

Originally Posted By mrt53:
Tito's vodka has sold out. It is no longer a Texas company. Try Dripping Springs vodka instead. It is also better than Tito's.

Got anything to back that up with? Are you saying the owner sold the company, or that the distillery was moved?


Originally Posted By 70Karmin:
I buy from these guys whenever i can.

Ammunition to go
Primary Arms
CDNN

Some other Texas websites I've use to buy from are

http://dsgarms.com/
http://www.militarygunsupply.com/
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 11:20:25 AM EDT
How about these guys CTD
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 11:39:25 AM EDT
Originally Posted By pepperbelly:
Originally Posted By 338winmag:
Originally Posted By jcrowl:
Has anyone mentioned Lone Star Beer?


No they haven't, and there's a reason for that.


How about Pearl beer?

Jim


Pearl is now owned by Pabst, but Pabst doesn't even operate their own breweries anymore. Pearl is brewed under contract by Miller at their Fort Worth brewery.

Sadly, the same thing is also true of Lone Star. Also owned by Pabst, and also brewed under contract by Miller in Fort Worth.
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 3:20:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 4:49:14 PM EDT
Nolan Ryan meats too.

Jim
Link Posted: 9/11/2010 7:41:54 PM EDT
Can't believe no one has mentioned Shilen yet?

And then there's Red River Tactical for receivers? Haven't bought/seen 1 in person, so can't comment on quality.

Link Posted: 9/11/2010 9:16:48 PM EDT
LaRue, Whittington's Beef Jerky in Johnson City, KNS, HEB, Blue Bell Ice Cream, Texas's Best Escort Service
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 5:31:39 AM EDT
Whole Foods supermarket, Dell, HP, American Airlines, Dickey's bbq
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 9:36:31 AM EDT


Earl Campbell does make some damned good sausage... I also like Meyer's out of Elgin and Opas out of Fredericksburg. There is so much good sausage made in Texas there is no reason to ever buy crappy "imported" sausage.

I also wholeheartedly recommend:

Wild Type Ranch... Texas Beef
http://www.wildtyperanch.com/

Dyer Dairy in Georgetown... Fresh un-homogenized milk, cheese, beef, chicken, turkeys, milk, etc...
http://www.dyerdairy.com/
http://www.dyermercantile.com/

Strykly Texas Cheese in Schulenburg... Cheese shaped like Texas, what more could you want?
http://www.texascheese.com/
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 10:06:25 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Rocketman1976:
I rarely drink beer but I will only buy wine produced in Texas

http://www.homesteadwinery.com/
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 10:17:37 AM EDT
Originally Posted By OFFascist:

Originally Posted By ns2002:
LaRue Tactical of course.

I knew someone would say LaRue, anyone know of any Texas based companies that make decent budget priced lowers? I'm looking to buy a couple to give away for Christmas to friends.

Dreadnought Industries makes a run every so often. Not sure if the price is "budget" but there is a volume discount.

Lee
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 12:12:27 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2010 12:13:25 PM EDT by sf340b]
And for the poor bastages that have to go out of the Republic;

American Airlines

Continental Airlines (Temporarily)

Southwest Airlines

Charter Services a plenty

ETA: NASA hasn't qualified since the 60's
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 1:01:29 PM EDT
Mrs. Bairds
Julio's Chips and Hot Sauce

heres a good link on all of the Go Texan products Link

get most of our trailers made in Texas :)

I know a guy who has a plastics company and sells alot to WinCup Co., Alot of plastics are produced here, well alot of petroleum products as well.

Frito Ley's
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 3:18:51 PM EDT
Should create a master list and sticky to top of forum !

Link Posted: 9/12/2010 4:10:47 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 4:44:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Gopher:

Originally Posted By Rocketman1976:
I rarely drink beer but I will only buy wine produced in Texas

http://www.homesteadwinery.com/


It's getting so, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Texas winery these days. Not so much so with breweries. The big guys BMC had our "representatives" in Austin craft the laws so it's quite a bit harder to make it as a brewery.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 5:38:33 PM EDT
Shiner Bock
Dr. Pepper
Texas Land and Cattle
Country Burger (though I heat 5guys as well)
Burger Street
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 5:40:33 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LetFreedomBeep:
USAA
AT&T
Exxon/ Mobil


That's right!! I use USAA and AT&T
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:15:21 PM EDT
Toyota Tundra's are made in San Antonio.
Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:27:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2010 6:37:25 PM EDT by Warhawk]
Originally Posted By OFFascist:

Originally Posted By ns2002:
LaRue Tactical of course.

I knew someone would say LaRue, anyone know of any Texas based companies that make decent budget priced lowers? I'm looking to buy a couple to give away for Christmas to friends.


Red River Tactical ... I've also seen but don't own a High Standard receiver (Houston)



Link Posted: 9/12/2010 6:36:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2010 6:39:03 PM EDT by Warhawk]
Lots of good ones here, I'll add a few I haven't seen mentioned...

Model 1 Sales
Alan Harton gunsmithing
STI
Cimarron Arms
High Standard
Sporting Arms in Lewisville

When buying dry rub, BBQ sauce, etc ... I always look for a "made in Texas" product

My priorities in buying are:

1- Texas products
2 - Products made in the South or Rocky Mountain west
3 - Products made in red states
4 - Products made in blue states
5 - Products made in CA, NY, NJ, IL, MD or MA


Link Posted: 9/13/2010 5:54:39 AM EDT
Best Maid. Pickles, relish, salad dressing (mayo), etc.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 6:16:00 AM EDT
Most of Dell's product line is manufactured in China!
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:15:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By OFFascist:

Originally Posted By ns2002:
LaRue Tactical of course.

I knew someone would say LaRue, anyone know of any Texas based companies that make decent budget priced lowers? I'm looking to buy a couple to give away for Christmas to friends.


High Standard lowers are marked Houston, TX. Robbie at Lonestar often has them at the Houston/DFW shows. I bought a few from him and am very pleased with them.
Link Posted: 9/13/2010 7:38:42 AM EDT
If you go to a big box store (Home Depot, Walmart, Lowes) to buy flowers, trees, or shrubs. Look at the label to ensure you're buying plants grown in Texas. Even though the big stores get a bite out of it, there are a lot of local guys who sell to them, and those guys buy stuff from me.

Of course, you should always frequent you independent garden centers first to help even more of your money stay in Texas.

And if you go through the Go Texan website, there's listings of retailers and wholesalers in Texas.

AND

There's even a Texas Superstar program recommending certain plants and shrubs, that are ideally suited for Texas and locally grown. We grow quite a few of these and are trying to add new varieties.

http://www.gotexan.org/vgn/tda/files/1670/38252_Superstar_revApr10.pdf
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