When I was growing up, we didn’t have a lot of money. My dad refused to accept the price of clothes for three growing girls. My sisters wore my hand-me-downs and occasionally neighbors gave us clothes that I could wear as well. My mom would buy us new school clothes each year and that was normally it for the new clothes, except for birthdays and Christmas. She would always joke, “your dad still thinks dungarees (as he called them) cost $10.00”. Growing up the in height of Jordache jeans and other fashion trends, $10.00 for a pair of jeans was not realistic.
Fast-forward 30 years and I admit to enjoying being as frugal as I can be. While my daughter has many luxuries, I do my best to reuse, repurpose and upcycle whenever I can. This particular writing piece took shape around 6:00 a.m. this morning while I’m lying in bed, unable to sleep, but not wanting to officially get up and start the day.
I started browsing the free e-book downloads on Amazon.com. While I am the first to grab a good old-fashioned book, there’s something to be said about having an e-collection of books. It allows you to have a variety of books on your phone (or tablet) that can go anywhere with you. Reading them while waiting at appointments, on your lunch break, in the ice-rink (while your child skates and you slowly become a human popsicle), and so on.
I refuse to pay for electronic books. However, if they are free and on a topic of interest, I definitely download them. While most of my page-turner books are borrowed from the library, not every book I have downloaded is at the branch I utilize. This is another convenience of the e-book. I am not driving all over creation trying to track down a book or two at neighboring libraries.
Whether we want to admit it or not, we live in a technological age. It’s rare if we don’t have a smart-phone, tablet or laptop at our disposal. Why not take advantage of the freebies that are available?
As this piece concludes, it strikes me that I can make this particular topic a mini-series. So today, I covered e-books. Stay tuned for my next Frugality installment.