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Frugal not cheap.....
, September 26, 2009
This review is from: In CHEAP We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue (Hardcover)
Cannot tell you how many books I have acquired on the issue of simple, frugal, cheap living over the years. Its a topic near and dear to my heart,since unlike many of my peers, I valued the wisdom my parents and grandparents had taught me about living well during the Great Depression and WW2, because they didn't waste anything and were wise in knowing the different between a need and a want.
What makes this book fun as well as informative is how the author shows how wasteful we have become as a society in the last forty years. She is also smart because she shares with the reader the difference between being wise and being foolish. Like not eating extreme out of date canned food, and learning the signs of food that shouldn't be saved or eaten. Like temperature sensitive foods, be it seafood that smells spoiled and probably is, which is needed info is you are into the freegan movement also called dumpster diving.
She also reminds the reader to think before they consume, which is the beginning of stopping waste. She reuses plastic bags, whereas I never buy them. Used to save the zip lock bags my flour tortillas came in but now I make my own tortillas. And the book is geared more for the city person.
Back in the 70's Amy Dacyczyn started teaching people about this type of living in her excellent Tightwad Gazette which is still available for purchase. As a rural homesteader I also want to recommend two magazines that are part of my home library. Backwoods Home and Back Home magazines have similar information as In CHEAP We Trust but geared toward saving money if you have animals and grow most of what you eat.
No doubt once the economy bounces back most people will resort to their old ways, which often includes looking down on people who live by the adage 'waste not want not,use it up, wear it out, find a need or do without. This has been my observation.But its refreshing to see a younger person who is sharing her frugal wisdom.
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