Thrifty Thursday

Thriftier; Thriftiest 
1. Thriving by industry and frugality: prosperous. 

It's Thrifty Thursday, the time of the week where I share my thrifty finds from garage sales, antique shops, and of course thrift stores

So this Thrifty Thursday does not have any nifty pictures to go along with it but it does have a story. I was sitting at the kitchen table with my Grandma this evening and we were talking about saving money. Of course being the wise and experienced woman that she is, she had all kinds of suggestions and ideas but she shared with me one story she had recently heard. It's interesting and thrifty so I thought I would pass it along. Bear in mind that her story was the condensed version of the actual piece and my story will be the condensed version of Grandmas-so some things may get lost in translation. 

There was a woman who had three children at home and she worked from home. That is where she wanted and felt like she needed to be. (I like her already!) Well things in the company shifted and it was decided that employees were to start coming in more often. This woman decided the job no longer fit her lifestyle so she quit and got to thinking, wondering how much money they actually could save by living on one income instead of two. She was thinking differently than I ever had. She wondered about the family with two parents working outside the home. Turns out after she did whatever calculations she had to do, she found out that a two income family has to make 35% more than the single income family to survive. Things like daycare of course come to mind but the other little things, like you don't have time to fix or do things around the house-you hire it done. You need a complete wardrobe for your outside the home job, the expenses just pile up-on things you don't even think about! Fancier phones, cars, and laptops, that suddenly become necessities to "keep up" keep the tab running. This woman revamped her family's life and is totally saving money by not working in the corporate world and paying attention to what her family spends. 

Moral of the story-many cases: you don't actually need two incomes to survive-you need to make different choices. Thrifty! 


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