"Adventures In Thrift" Chapters 4 and 5 Discussion Questions

On page 115 Mrs. Moore explains to Mr. Larry why women are not able to save money.

She relates the problem to the fact that women do not see the long term benefits of food co-ops.

She says, “The trouble is to convince individual stockholders, especially housekeepers, that cooperation eventually spells savings and a lower cost of living. It may be the fault of our bringing up, but we women seek economy in only one of two ways, an actual and considerable reduction in the price of goods sold, or the money we put in the savings bank. We lack the economic vision of the man, which sees money invested, paying a profit six months or a year ahead. The feminine instinct for chasing so-called bargain sales blinds her to the bigger and safer saving which cooperation represents.”

1. Do you agree or disagree with Mrs. Moore’s opinion?

2. How does the setting figure into the book? Is the setting a character? Does it come to life? Do you feel you are experiencing the time and place in which the book was set?

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