Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium: Frugality

Sorry this is late, my internet wasn't being cooperative.

My grandmother lived during the depression, and like many other people her age, it affected her view of frugality for the rest of her life.  I think anyone who has gone through hard times has learned to be truly frugal.    Some people might have thought my grandmother took it to too great of an extent, but I understood the way she thought.

My grandmother saved everything that had any possible use.  Many of my relatives thought that she had a button collection.  But actually, she didn't collect buttons as a hobby.  She merely saved buttons from discarded clothing so that the buttons could be re-purposed.  I lived with her for about a year, and I watched  the way she took care to save every useful thing.  People knew that she would find a new home for things, so they often brought her bags of used clothing.  Many times I watched her carefully go through those bags of clothing and take out what could not be worn again.  But she didn't throw those things away.  She would cut off the buttons, zippers, etc, and then cut the clothing up to be used for rags.  She would bag up the rags and sell them to the nearby auto mechanic garages.  The rest of the clothing she would sort by size and box up.  If anyone with children came to visit her, she would pull out the boxes and let them "shop" for free.  I saw many needy people come to her door and leave with a new wardrobe.  There were many families that had trouble making ends meet.  They would be given clothing, coats, and shoes.  They were always so grateful to receive the help, and they knew that she didn't look down upon them for taking it.  She knew what it was to go without, and she wanted to help anyone she could.

Here in China people are also very frugal.  Even though they are experiencing some degree of wealth, the chinese people still aren't as well off as most people in America.  I have been told that most Chinese save 80% of what they earn.  Makes me think that I certainly could do better!  I've often told my husband that if hard times come to us, then we need to remember how the Chinese do things.

Curious about how the other consortium members treated the subject of frugality?  Check out their links!

RummuserAnuAshkokGaelikkaGrannymarPadmumMagpie11, andAkanksha,Will KnotMaria the Silver FoxAnkiNema Noor Paul Plain Joe, and RohitBlack watertownThe Old Fossil, our newest member MAXI! and last, but not least SHACKMAN! :)


Maxi said...

Some Chinese save 80% of what they earn? Now that's frugality. Amazing.
blessings ~ maxi

Grannymar said...

My granny saved paper bags - the clean ones for our school lunches and to back our school books, no fancy paper for us.

When Elly was small she had four older female cousins and two younger. At the end of each season the clothes were washed and sorted into bundles to pass on. Children grew out of clothes after a few wears, so many of them were like new. The girls all loved to see the 'Swaps' box coming.

Inklings said...

Our grandmother was one of the most wonderful women I have ever known, and I love the example she set for the rest of us.

Rummuser said...

My late father, till he died, used the back of used envelopes to make notes and send requests. And I am talking about just seven months ago!

When I cleaned out his effects after his death, the amount of junk that he had accumulated simply floored me and the friend who was helping me.

My son will not be floored like that!

shackman said...

Hmm - saving 80% of what I earn would not leave sufficient funds to pay rent let alone the trest of the bills - lOL.

Amber said...

it really does make you look at your own life differently, we waste so much stuff. I need to be better about saving money, it's always been hard for me.