I came across some words of wisdom recently when reading the book, “Keep Calm & Carry On,” published by Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC. These little gems have helped remind me of the best way to go about penny-pinching, and are quite inspirational. In the current economic climate, many of you may be needing these words, too, so I happily share them with you here.
“There are plenty of ways to get ahead. The first is so basic I’m almost embarrassed to say it: spend less than you earn.”
– Paul Clitheroe
“Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?‘
Still worried about your finances? It might help to remember this…
“I am an optimist. It doesn’t seem too much use being anything else.”
Millions of poor people don’t spend more – or less – than what they earn, Most spend exactly what they DO earn, a dollar or so a day, and their children either grow up malnourished, or they don’t grow up at all. Even in this nation.
We must stop thinking of need in terms of middle class American “budgets”.
It’s a small world, and human need is a global problem.
As someone who doesn’t have much money myself, I have found that when I focus on how much money I have and spend it wisely (using coupons, dollar stores, etc.) as opposed to using credit or splurging on things I don’t need, my money lasts a bit longer. This is advice for people who are low income and/or struggling. I don’t know why you’d assume I’m Middle Class or that I’m speaking to the Middle Class.
That’s not what I assumed at all. I live in the projects, myself. My point was that for millions of people, “not spending more than you earn” is an absurd concept” and we need to think about how powerful language is before we use it.
An “absurd concept?” That’s quite powerful language, and you should have thought about how insulting that sounds. Anyway, I intended for this post to be a source of advice and support for low income/struggling people and I stand by it. I understand that there are many millions, maybe billions, of people with little or no money at all who perhaps cannot benefit from budgeting, but every post I write can’t possibly address every issue in the world. There are millions of people who CAN benefit from budgeting tips, so why not pass along good advice?
Okay, I don’t want to argue about this point. I don’t think “absurd concept” is insulting, especially not to an aspiring journalist, My point was that all of us can get seduced by the language of power (including me) without considering how it sounds to people whose food stamps just ran out halfway through the month.
I tweeted two of your posts before I noticed your response above. I hope it’s okay if I continue to tweet some of your work in the future.
Also, I won’t be offended if you delete those comments of mine you found offensive.
Peace. Out. Claire.