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Thursday, May 09, 2013

Wow, this story really touched me. A little something for my frugalist friends today. My favorite quote, which makes me chuckle:

Daughter: What about "fun money"?
Mom: No fun! You find other ways to have fun. Go to the park and play on the swing.

hahah :) Seriously though, this is incredibly inspirational, and I am so glad she shared it.
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    Honouria, I love the library too! I volunteered there last summer, and may do so again this year. Shelving books is really good exercise for 2-4 hrs/day, to boot! Thanks for mentioning that, because I hadn't considered it recently, but I need to look into it again.

    LOL Woubbie, you always crack me up. :)

    Thanks for the comments, everyone!
    1809 days ago
    Great story - reminds me a bit of my grandparents.

    Reading personal finance stuff, though, always leaves me wishing I gave a crap about making/saving more money. Sadly for my budget, I really don't, lol!
    1809 days ago
    Somehow I didn't get a notice for the last 4 blogs. Urghhh!!!! So I have gone through them all. What fun.

    This story is similar to others that I have read in this vein. Focusing on need rather than want is typical. A lot of money goes to the temples of comfort and desire. That, and having/doing what "everybody else" has or does. Saving often entails discomfort and making your own path. The neat trick is to make the discomfort a comfortable norm. The end result is that it is amazing what you can save if you put your mind to it.

    My husband has a brother who reuses the envelopes he gets from business solicitation, crosses those out and uses them to send his correspondence! We've received some of them. Another cuts off the one side of Christmas cards she receives, then uses the other side to send as Christmas cards. It's that sort of mentality. Creativity can generate a lot of savings!

    Personally I make a point of not purchasing any fast food. My husband loves his daily walks to town to read the newspaper at the library, but then does a pit stop at the local coffee shop for a cup and sweet. Urghh! It gets him out of the house and walking, so I suppose that says something. I think of the coffee shops and convenience food companies as another way to part me from my money.

    Nice citation. Thanks!
    1809 days ago
    I really like this post! Thanks for sharing!!
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