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"Workin' It" is the blog for working parents who are committed to the frugal lifestyle. This blog addresses some of the issues working families face in keeping their lifestyle frugal, including childcare, work expenses, and the constant trade off between time and cost. The author and her husband, both law school graduates, work full-time; the author has a law firm, and dear husband a property management business. They also have an eight month old. Despite all that we have on our plates, we're still committed to living life frugally.

Lest We Forget...

What it's really all about!

 Laura Ingalls-Wilder put it better than I ever could, in her book Farmer Boy:

Father looked at him a long time. Then he took out his wallet and opened it, and slowly he took out a round, big silver half-dollar. He asked: "Almanzo, do you know what this is?"
"Half a dollar," Almanzo answered.
"Yes. But do you know what half a dollar is?"
Almanzo didn't know it was anything but half a dollar.
"It's work, son," Father said. "That's what money is; it's hard work. You know how to raise potatoes, Almanzo?"
"Yes," Almanzo said.
"Say you have a seed potato in the spring, what do you do with it?"
"You cut it up," Almanzo said.
"Go on, son."
"Then you harrow - first you manure the field, and plow it. Then you harrow, and mark the ground. And plant the potatoes, and plow them, and hoe them. You plow and hoe them twice."
"That's right son, and then?"
"Then you dig them and put them down cellar."
"Yes. Then you pick them over all winter; you throw out all the little ones and the rotten ones. Come spring, you load them up and haul them here to Malone, and you sell them. And if you get a good price, son, how much do you show for all that work? How much do you get for half a bushel of potatoes?"
"Half a dollar," Almanzo said.
"Yes," said Father. "That's what's in this half-dollar, Almanzo. The work that raised half a bushel of potatoes is in it."
Almanzo looked at the round piece of money that Father held up. It looked small, compared with all that work.
"You can have it, Almanzo," Father said. Almanzo could hardly believe his ears. Father gave him the heavy half-dollar.
"It's yours," said Father. "You could buy a suckling pig with it, if you want to. You could raise it and it would raise a litter of pigs, worth four, five dollars apiece. Or you can trade that half-dollar for lemonade, and drink it up. You do as you want, it's your money."



RobbieJo said:

We LOVE Farmer Boy!!!!  Our Library has It and many more by Laura Ingalls Wilder on Audio(CDs).  They are so very wonderful!  We almost feel as though they are a part of our lives, we have listened to them so much.  They are read by Cherry Jones and she does an awesome job of bringing them to life!!  My 12dd says it is hard to listen to Farmer Boy because it make her soooo HUNGRY!!!  LOL.  The Long Winter is great to listen to in the summer time.  It is so descriptive it make you feel cold! Hmmm maybe good for saving on a/c !!  :)  If any of you have never listened to them on audio, check them out.  You won't be disappointed.  Good wholesome entertainment.  I think also, it has made my children thankful for all they have, and be encouraged when going through hard times.

February 14, 2009 12:54 AM

kathys said:

hmmm wonder if I have bought too many lemonades in the past?



February 15, 2009 7:18 PM

frugal_fun said:


It also makes "potato farmer" a poor choice of work, even then.  He should go right for the pigs.  ;)

February 16, 2009 3:46 PM

cheapChic said:

My great grandmother was paid half a dollar a day for hard laber in europe kind of a wake up call I would say...

But I do like the reminder of the half dollar story of loria Ingelles Wildeer..


February 16, 2009 9:44 PM

Pat said:

Good point well made! If we would always keep the idea of what money really is in our heads, we might not squander it so easily.

February 17, 2009 2:56 PM

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