This just in: Shocking frugality

Wow. Here’s an article from my local news station about families getting really frugal and ::gasp:: doing their own house cleaning and lawn mowing.

Making the article even more comical, the subject is a stay-at-home mom who ditched her maid service, and stopped sending her husbands’ shirts to the cleaners. They now also do their own lawncare. The family has even started preparing their own meals. Seriously? What was she doing before? I’m a work at home mom (running a business and writing career from home) but I also do the housecleaning and cooking (with my husband’s help, of course). If I didn’t have the chores to do and my job I’m not sure what I’d do all day.

I don’t know about you, but my kids wouldn’t even want that much “quality time” with mom! Ha ha!

For those of us who are really trying to be frugal, this is a comical no-brainer.

  • Betsy Bargain

    I settled down to read your post expecting stories about hoarding ketchup packets, or rationing squares of toilet tissue… It’s amusing what some people consider “shocking” frugality, isn’t it?!

  • JessicaW

    Rationing toilet paper…now there’s an idea. Having two kiddos in my house, rationing TP would save money on paper products and plumbers! Now you’ve given me an idea….. another idea might be to tax the children for the number of times I have to plunge the potty! Ugh!! Yes, I really struggled with the Associated Press’ definition of shocking frugality. I didn’t realize eating out every day and having someone else clean my house was an option!! If I’m paying someone to do soemthing around my house it usually means I’ve invented chores for my oldest daughter to do as “jobs” to earn some extra spending money.

  • banking deals

    The culture of thrift is not just in New York City. It has already been recorded and espoused in newspapers and other media throughout the US. Until last summer, newspaper columns and television programs were filled with tips on how to redecorate and update furniture or homes, even when they did not need any remodeling. Some major newspapers even produced glossy magazines aimed at big spenders with little in the way of true editorial copy, but with plenty of glossy photos. Eating out was routine and so was travel overseas.