Did you know that the U.S. used to have a designated National Thrift Week? It lasted 50 years ending in the 1960’s. There’s an organization that wants to bring back thrift week.
What is Thrift Week
During the years it was observed, National Thrift Week started each year on January 17th which is Benjamin Franklin’s birthday. Apparently he was a study in thriftiness (some might say cheap). Each day had a different focus which might include gardening, charity, and so forth.
When it started the focus was to make it through World War I but it continued through 1966. Many major American organizations were involved ranging from the Young Christian Men’s Association to Girl Scouts and the American Red Cross.
Bring Back Thrift Week?
The project to bring back a National Thrift Week belongs to the Templeton Press. The goal is to bring the government back into encouraging thrift as a core value. I can’t disagree with their goals:
- Ongoing public education
- Thrift Savings Plans for all Americans
- Keep credit card companies off school campuses
These are just a few of the four pages of specific items. This year the city of Philadelphia relaunched Thrift Week with several activities to encourage thriftiness.
I’m not opposed to bringing back National Thrift Week, but I hope our leaders are focusing on much bigger issues such as the high unemployment rate and creating jobs.
We can all make being thrifty a personal core value and I think many people have through necessity recently. I also find it interesting that thrift had to be encouraged a century ago. I had the impression that we’d become lax in our habits the last 25 years or so.
Instead of a week, let’s make thrift part of our everyday lifestyle. What do you think about having a national week?