Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Frugality the New Norm?

Deus Ex Machina and I still have a steady income. We weren't heavily invested and didn't lose money when the market crashed and the economy plummeted, but we also started voluntarily simplifying our lives a couple of years before the big plunge, because we didn't trust that everything's alright and we should just go back to life as usual. There is no usual anymore.

And it sounds like a lot more Americans are agreeing.

It's just too bad that it took something like the Great Recession (as it's being called) for us to decide that the consumerist lifestyle was not the best choice for living the good life;).


  1. Ya know, I am sorry that folks had to suffer to figure this out, but.... all I can say is FINALLY!

    They just talked about this on NPR, too, and I found that particular discussion fascinating. Let's hope folks stick with it. They might even start buying Local and American again! Talk about a paradigm shift....

  2. I saw an article on "new frugality" and that it is holding the "economic recovery" back! Yeah, dang that being responsible cr*p. We're gonna end up like Greece.

  3. Thanks for the link to the book. I'll be looking for it. I read an article about the Nearings many years ago (possibly in Yankee magazine?)

  4. I "oopsed". It was MPR, not NPR. Bad Barefoot!

  5. Barefoot - "finally" ... indeed! I realized that we are the first generation to not know any hardship. Most of us grew up with more than plenty, even those of us who would never be considered "rich." I mean, my family had some hard times, financially speaking, but even during the worst of it, we always had food, shelter, water, and plenty of clothes. I don't wish suffering on anyone, either, but it would be nice if we could all realize that even in the midst of what we think is hardship, we still have it pretty good ;).

    CG - Yeah, I'm not buying it ... literally and figuratively. If ... when our economy fails, I won't feel personally responsible because I decided to be frugal and to step outside of the money'd economy. If ALL of us did so, yes, the economy as we now know it would suffer, but the individual suffering would be less, because we'd all be ready and willing to live more simply.

    Farmgal - I have the Nearings' book. It's interesting. I'm looking for their neighbor's book, though. Jean Hay Bright wrote the book, "And Meanwhile, Next Door to the Good Life," which gives an interesting account of what the Nearings were really like ;) - and the fact that much of their lifestyle was possible because they didn't have things like a mortgage ;). Not to diminish what they did, because it was remarkable, but I'm interested in getting a different perspective, too ;).