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Share your knowledge of Thrift and frugality with others.

Status of our Country at present

Thrift and frugality have been gone from our National values for some time. No longer are children coached in saving, no longer are they encouraged to think before spending. Some of their parents try to “make lots of money so they can spend it.”

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At the same time, people who practice principles of Thrift are criticized for not giving their children the very best, for wearing older fashions or for maintaining a “nice but humble home.”

Our population is daily exposed to thousands of commercials from communication sites, entertainment, written material, and signage.

 It is difficult to determine the exact number of commercials presented daily.

This depends on:

·        How you define a commercial (a message on television, in films, on labels, in public signs).

·        Magazine articles about activities which require special equipment

·        Fashion and how it influences dress

·        Personal grooming products

·        Consideration of what defines appropriate behavior

·        Parenting and does a person spend enough money to do it effectively?


Considering the status of our present economy, would you share your knowledge of Thrift with a friend?

I happen to think that many of the readers of “Dollar Stretcher,” believe that Thrift and frugality are a fine way to live. They don’t seem to be embarrassed or ashamed using coupons or looking for quality in less expensive products. They question whether their child needs every new toy or gadget that comes down the line. Their goal in life is not to have everything, but to have everything needed for a contented life.

Let me offer you a challenge.

·        Select a friend or family member.

·        Tell that person that you live a Thrift centered life.

·        Encourage your audience to visit locations known for quality products at a lower price.

·        Ask him/her to tell you the outcome.

Note: if the person follows your suggestion you win. If that friend or family member does not follow through, you fail.

Now you know how difficult it can be to encourage a person to try the principles of Thrift and frugality.

Behavior is a very difficult thing to change. I guess a person has to want to spend less. Our telling them about it really doesn’t work as well.


Is it up to us to encourage people to use Thrift?

I’m not certain I can answer that question. Over the last two years I have tried to introduce a number of people to the topic, the life, the advantages, the rewards.

Sometimes it works and other times it doesn’t.

I started a Thrift Club, the only one known to meet in the USA. People did attend. They shared their ideas and suggestions with others, they made friends, they showed examples of things they had made and photos of what they had done.

Those who came to the Thrift Club were those who appreciated Thrift and frugality. They already knew the benefits. Those who appeared to need it may still be in the dark.


Sometimes we win

Don’t give up. Be proud of your accomplishments, of your shopping expertise, of your ability to repair those things that break, of your splendid cooking, of your interior decorating, of the garden you prize.

You are very special people. You have common sense, discipline, and the ability to carve out a very special life. I am proud of you.


Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.

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