A blog post I read last week was lavishing praise on frugal habits during the depression with the point being that we could save money doing some of the same things today. A nice sentiment and I don’t disagree entirely. But we’re overlooking the elephant in the room.
People were not being frugal by choice. They did not have much, if any, money or options.
Depression-era folks did not have the choices for products, both in variety and resellers, that we have today. Our ancestors had to make homemade cleaning and beauty products as they didn’t have aisles full of products to select the best buy.
My time is worth money and the minimal amount saved by making homemade toothpaste and other products is not worth doing. With couponing I normally get toothpaste for free or less than one dollar a tube. I believe they would have loved the effectiveness, convenience and efficiency of dishwashers.
Being frugal today takes much more effort and thought because it is by choice for most. Does it mean not eating out or cooking from scratch? Is it making your own clothes or shopping at Wal-mart?
An areas I agree we should emulate is reusing and recycling. Waste is inexcusable no matter what generation. It’s also up to us to be good stewards of all resources.
So, let’s remember our ancestors lifestyles without the rose-colored glasses. Many Americans didn’t have indoor bathrooms during the depression and we wouldn’t want to go back to that!
Content © Bucksomeboomer 2009-2010. All Rights Reserved.