Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The "New" Frugality

A hot topic in the news lately is America's new frugality. All of a sudden, people are shopping in thrift stores, eating out less often, paying attention to their thermostats, and growing their own vegetables.

Do you know what this means? It means for the first time in my life I've become a trend-setter!

9 comments:

NellJean said...

LOL. Kind of reminds me of when Mama bought the book on 'organic gardening' when that was first a fad.

She snorted and said, "That's the way I've always gardened, didn't know it would get to be stylish."

Susan said...

Hi Nell! Too bad she didn't write a book on it. Could have sold a lot. (I often tell myself the same thing about other topics.)

crystal said...

Ha :) me too.

How is the job going? You haven't been posting much lately.

Susan said...

I'm at work right now, Crystal. Even the usual schedule feels rather all-consuming at times (although it shouldn't), but this week and the following two are going to be a bit of a challenge, with only two days off between April 20 and May 8. I'm tired already, but that's mostly due to Angel's nocturnal barking. The vet started her on a pill that may help, but it'll take a while to know if it's effective.

Have you read the book about reinventing yet, Crystal?

crystal said...

I hope Angel feels better soon. Is the pill for her an anti-depressent to help with the barking?

I started to read the book but it was so depressing in its effort to spin all the negative stuff about being older into good stuff that I gave up. Maybe denial works best :)

Indigo Bunting said...

I remember when we first were looking for a house (and didn't buy one) and someone told us, just eat pasta for a few months, and I said, that is what I eat!

Eulalia (Lali) said...

To me, it feels good to be in the mainstream, as opposed to being seen as some sort of weirdo!

Adam Byrn "Adamus" Tritt said...

My daughter, now 23 and pre-med, always looks like she shopped at Saks and always, proudly announces the only shopping she does is at thrift stores. All our coats, bags and many other things of excellent quality, are from thrift stores and yard sales. The hunt is part of the fun.

That and Freecycle, of course.

The Cookbook Junkie said...

As depressing as the economy is, this may be just what we needed or else we would continue to consume, consume, consume.

I actually feel a small sense of relief. Nothing has really changed for me - my house is small, we don't spend a lot of money on fancy things, etc - but now I don't feel as bad about that as I used to. I couldn't figure out how these families that seemed to be making about as much as us could afford so much more than we have. It turns out that most of them couldn't.