26 Jun 07
Being thrifty can be fun!
If we are thrifty, we spend less. If we spend less, we don’t have to earn so much. If we don’t have to earn so much, we don’t have to work so hard. And if we don’t have to work so hard, we have more time to be slow. It’s good to be slow (see slowdownnow.org for reasons why).
And like I said… being thrifty can be fun! It doesn’t have to be a chore or something one merely does out of necessity. Many people need to be thrifty, but even if you don’t, try it anyway! Try the cheaper brands! Don’t spend money out of habit! Be aware of every single penny (or cent or krona) that leaves your wallet! When the coins are about to emerge, think, “Can I do without this?” or “Can I buy a cheaper version?” Trade stuff, sell stuff… Seek out the free samples! Cut out the coupons!
Personally I actually prefer Sainsbury’s Malties, the half-the-price alternative to Kellogg’s Shreddies. And I recently found a very nice honey for just over £1/jar from Aldi! Oh, and the other day I spent several hours in Birmingham city centre without spending a bean… With my bottle of water in my hand and my packed lunch in my bag, I alternated between smashing up cars on an Xbox-360 in Gamestation, engaging in various online discussions in the library and eating free Skinny Cow ice-cream bars (only 80-something calories of fruity niceness!) that were being given away in the street. The only thing I spent actual wonga on was making purchase of a Double Decker, to share with my girlfriend (who had been photographing the building of mud huts by the side of a busy road) on the train on the way home. You can imagine the sense of satisfaction! Can’t you…? Well anyway…
Be thrifty to be less swift-y!