Being a frugal homemaker is news worthy.
If you are anything like me the article isn’t ground breaking and is hardly even news. Though it is kind of neat to see something positive about not spending money in the news. One quote from the article “It really doesn’t matter what you make. It matters what you spend.” So very true. The illustrations of the family spending less than half the average American family on groceries and cruising yard sales for toys is fun, typical among my friends, but fun to read.
It brings to mind an article I read a while back about “green-moms” and how mind-boggling they make the old adage “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”. Thrifty living is essentially very “green” because it is based on the idea that less is more. Or as I quoted in the above article, “You want to save the earth? Here’s a little hint. Don’t. Buy. Shit.”
I will make a little online confession here. I love money. I love to play with it, make budgets, see how far I can stretch some amount. I really do enjoy money management and budgeting. Yes, I know that makes me a part of a tiny minority, but I it isn’t something I apologize for because it serves my family so well. I haven’t always been this way. When I was younger I couldn’t spend my money fast enough. But I have learned a lot since then and the skills I learned I am trying to pass on to my children.