You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough.
William Blake (Brainy Quote)
Welcome to Thrifty Living Today. A special way of life for the Twenty-first Century.
My name is Lori Blatzheim and I am your host.
The other day I sat in a local restaurant and ordered the least expensive item on the menu. It was a simple hamburger and french fries. When my lunch arrived, my eyes nearly popped out of my head. The hamburger was huge. I couldn't eat it in an hour, much less the half hour I had planned. The french fries competed with themselves to fall off the plate. I have never seen so many in one serving.
I started wondering why there is such a push to present the public with so much food. Perhaps the restaurant management is increasing the cost of meals and wants to justify this by placing crowded plates before the patrons?
When is much too much?
One of the hallmarks of Thrift is to determine what we really need. Based on that, we should buy only what we need.
I see this concept ignored every day. Here are some examples of the consequences of buying:
- so many clothes that they won't fit into the closet
- a large expensive home where one or two people live
- more land than one person can maintain
- tickets for events, so numerous, that they can't be attended
- automobiles that they don't fit on the property
Why Do People Buy So Much?
I can't speak for everyone, but I suspect one of the following reasons is responsible:
Through education, luck, hard work or increased income, the person finally has the means to buy it.
The person wants to impress immediate or extended family, the boss, clients, friends, or the community at large.
He or she has a very large family.
Can People Change?
We are all so different. A person with an unlimited income, may go ahead and buy anything that comes into his mind. A woman may buy a new dress for every important party. Children pick this up. They forget what they already have and beg for more.
To determine what we have and what we really need, we have to do a review of those things we own. I predict a surprising outcome. Many people will find things that they have totally forgotten they own. At that point they will have to decide what to do with unused items.
One man's trash is another man's treasure, is a saying of recent origin. I was unable to find an author.
If and when we find an unneeded or unwanted item, we can bestow it on another person. In the long run, we probably won't miss it and another person will have the benefit of our gift.
Please consider providing what you no longer need to people, organizations or charities that can use it. This will help those less fortunate than you are.
I have been taught that a hallmark of Thrift is Generosity. I believe it.
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, writer, thrift advocate and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.