Thrift – the April value
Each month I have been writing about the 12 values… one each month as there are 12 months. These values are an integral part of who we are as a group. If you missed the previous blogs on the values just go to the 912 Blog tab and Shannon’s Corner and you can read my thoughts on the other values I have written about so far.
This value is a hard one. However I am taking it personally to focus on this month.
From the free online Dictionary
1. Wise economy in the management of money and other resources; frugality.
Whew…. Thrift … this is one I am personally working on. It is a real “value” as part of our “12” and I believe it is important. We as a family are trying to use coupons more, monitor our money better and basically downsize where possible. Some suggestions may be to change your bank for a bank with less fees, cancel cable, or considering changing companies. Another option is to stop getting the paper delivered, or pay bills online instead of buying stamps. You can even shop at discount stores and buy in bulk when you can.
I also have been working on using coupons where we try not to eat out unless there is a special like the kids eat free or its an early bird deal or we have a buy one get one coupon. Thrift also means to try and live within our means. This means use cash and leave the credit cards at home. This is a wise way to live any way. These are tenets that I have known, read about and have a hard time living by however as parents we are honor bound to correct our errors and to teach our children to be more responsible.
I am making an effort to be more thrifty… we as a family are. This month maybe you can join us in this important value. Share with us ideas to save, if you have them as well.