I’m interested in hearing what people think about the author’s following ideas found in chapter 1:

A~ “One reason why it is so hard to stretch the family income is this: You don’t know what you are getting for the money you spend, how much nourishment it contains, if it is for food; how long it will wear, if it is clothing. You take a chance. You guess. But you don’t know. And because you don’t know, quite a little of father’s money goes to waste.” Pg.12

B~“I hope that each one of us will use this knowledge in our homes, not only to save father’s money, but to bring to ourselves greater contentment with our lot, and, in the end, little luxuries which we must now deny ourselves. For in efficiency there is contentment, and through true economy do we attain luxuries… I believe in the right of every refined, intelligent wife to enjoy these luxuries.” Pg.25

Milehimama said:

A. I think this is very true. I worked in a department store for a couple of years and became very familiar with the better brands. I also became familiar with their labels. Some brands have ‘basics’ which never, ever change even if other items keep up with fashion trends. So now when I am in a thrift store I can spot quality fairly quickly. I think going to mall (but NOT spending money there!) would be a great benefit.

You have to be able to recognize quality before you can buy quality secondhand.So many people pay too much for cheap fads or knockoffs. Our culture has become very disposable, though, and the mass marketers know it – they make a shirt or pants or shoes to last for only a SEASON instead of to wear out. When was the last time you had a pair of shoes resoled? You can’t because the ones you buy off the rack are so cheap they fall apart by the time you wear a hole in them!

I especially liked the comment at the lecture about shoes (p. 21). Too true! Or maybe it’s on my mind because my shoes are worn out. But a good comfortable pair of shoes will save you money. If your feet are throbbing it’s easy to talk yourself out of making that third stop to buy the loss leaders, or even to decide to by a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking one yourself.

Lawanda said:

A. This is why I would love to be able to raise more of my own food….

B. I am hoping that is just what I may learn from this book, and also other things 🙂


  1. Elizabeth says

    To me, recognizing quality is one of the attributes the worthy woman displayed. She knew how to select things that were of good value.

    I could do a better job of that. It’s a little hard for me to figure out just exactly how to do that in today’s disposable society. Many things are designed with “planned obsolescence” in mind, meaning that manufacturers want things to wear out and break so that you’ll have to replace them more quickly and they can sell another product.

    My parents always invested more and bought great quality items and kept them a long time — probably too long. But, in the end, that seems to be more frugal than the many times I’ve skimped and bought stuff that became shoddy pretty quickly.


  2. Anonymous says

    I particularly like B. “…through true economy do we attain luxuries…” That line really stands out for me, & one that I do live by!

    Looking forward to reading more. Thanks, Hadias, for making this available to us.



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