Thrifty – it’s a word that I don’t recall hearing spoken very much in recent times.  I suspect it is a word that is not used very much these days.  A search on Google found that there were pages about Thrifty, the car rental company.  I wonder if those who use the services of that company understand the meaning of the word?    Perhaps they just know that it is supposedly cheaper than their opposition.

What does “thrifty” mean?

The Cambridge Dictionary defines thrifty as “showing a careful use of moneyespecially by avoiding waste”

As someone who was born during World War II,  I knew we had to be ”thrifty”!  There was little food,  very few items to purchase as much was in short supply. Of course, absolutely nothing (in Australia, anyway) of the great range of shops and shopping opportunities that we have now.

Houses, electricity, employment, services – all were in short supply as the world (especially Australia) recovered from the war years.

We were thrifty.  We penny pinched.  Grew our own vegetables, killed our own chickens (which were a luxury in those days). Most people were very careful with what money they had.

The Thrift Badge was one of the special badges one could earn as a Brownie or Girl Guide back in those days.  There was so much emphasis on being thrifty. It was a way of life then, and in some ways not surprisingly it is something that people of my generation still harbour as an important skill.

Many of us are shocked about the massive waste, the spending of money as if there is no tomorrow.


We have a society in many countries (including Australia) where there is little encouragement to save money, (it’s spend, spend, spend), and we have a huge problem with too much waste.  We waste food, we waste money, we waste clothing and furnishings, though I do know that there is a huge and growing interest in recycling.

Saving our Planet

In the last few days Woolworths and Coles, two of our major supermarket chains have announced the reduction of plastic bags.  Especially for single use.  I hope it is the beginning of a major trend.  We know the damage that plastics are doing to our wildlife – especially in our waterways. We also know that there is a lot of pollution of our planet by people who just discard their rubbish in places where rubbish is not meant to be.

When I drove around Australia I was shocked at the amount of rubbish on roadsides – it appears that so many people just throw their rubbish from the car window as they drive by.

I would appeal to everyone to (a) be more thrifty and (b) less wasteful and (c) take care of their rubbish properly.

Photo by Fabian Blank courtesy of

As I live in the van, I have to be thrifty.  I don’t have the space to take excess, and I have to be thrifty in many areas!

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