Discussion Questions


1. What do you like so far about the book? What do you dislike so far?

2. How has reading the first 3 chapters increased your interest in the subject matter?

3. Please relate something from the book that was particularly resonant for you.

I’m interested in hearing what people think about the author’s following ideas found in chapter 1: ( you can respond to one or both )

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

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