I'm taking my 95 year old father, who lives by himself, grocery shopping today. We go to Aldi, a generic type market (corn flakes cost $1.25, not $4.50).

Dad grew up in the 30's depression, scraping his way through college. I learned at an early age not to waste food or money, and not to spend money foolishly. In a sense, I'm a child of the depression. I, too, shop at Aldi for food, Goodwill for clothes. Frugality, parsimony, etc. are my "cheap" words.

My food shopping habits drive my daughter and husband crazy. They operate a "natural foods" (orgainic-like) farm (Silverthorn-farm.org), growing all kinds of locally produced veggies, eggs, meat, etc. Their customers spend the big bucks for fresh, home-grown food. 

Of course, I can get food from them any time. So why do I keep returning to Aldi, etc.? I can't help myself. It's in my blood to find the best price, even if the product is inferior. It doesn't mean my kids aren't careful with their money. It's just a different mindset, especially when it comes to food.

Don't know if it's a generation gap type difference or not. For this generation, the "great" depression is ancient history. So be it. I'm off to Aldi.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on March 8, 2013 at 10:44am

Thanks for the reminder Luara.  I often forget to check on Amazon for food, although in the past I've bought bulk chocolate and seasonings.

Comment by Luara on March 8, 2013 at 9:14am

You can also buy food in bulk cheap online, from Amazon.  I buy 25-pd bags of whole-grain amaranth and quinoa. 

Comment by Future on March 8, 2013 at 8:13am

One word - craigslist.  If you live near a large metropolitan center, craigslist is bursting with deals from private owners.  I rarely ever go looking for something in a store without looking on craigslist first.  We usually save about 75% off retail prices, many times for things more unique and/or well built than what is in the stores.

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 8, 2013 at 2:58am

I was born in 1930. My dad's parents were urban poor in Northern Kentucky; my mom's were blue collar in Cincinnati. They and five kids lived frugally. The GI Bill paid my way through college. At 82 I'm reminding myself it's okay to spend money.

I remember a letter my dad's mother wrote. After writing on one side, she turned the sheet 90 degrees and wrote across her first lines. It was readable.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 7, 2013 at 1:28pm

I was raised to be frugal also.  Never cared about "style", "cool", "flashy", "in", or keeping-up with the dummies.

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