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photo credit to Sarah Potter

The shoes were a bargain.

I know because she only ever bought from the discounted, discontinued, clearance area. She spent little on herself.  We dressed in hand-me-downs from cousins.  We made our own soap, ketchup, applesauce… always had a garden.  Never had a credit card.  Paid off debts quickly.  Always had money in a savings account.

The only splurge I can remember was having her hair done each week, and that was after she got a job in a local factory.

In later years, when she could afford better, she still bought from the bargain rack.


About Life in the 50's and beyond...

Welcome to Life in the 50's and 60's and beyond .... where I write about my childhood memories, music of the 60's and about life in the country. I am a mother, grandmother, farmer's wife, business owner, and retired teacher.
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22 Responses to Mom

  1. mehak22 says:

    nice post👌💖

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  2. Once you *have* to live frugally, you find you don’t really *need* most of that other stuff anyway, Nicely written

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  3. granonine says:

    You could be describing my mother 🙂 It was very hard for her when she could no longer afford her weekly session with the hairdresser, but she still rarely bought anything that wasn’t on the clearance rack.

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  4. Nice. Sounds like my grandmother and probably from that generation.


  5. Jelli says:

    Sounds too much like me. I got a haircut this week, first time since 2012, and still I feel it was a huge splurge.

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  6. Good for her! I have to admit I am not that different!

    Click to read my FriFic!


  7. True of so many who lived through the 30s and war rationing. We who grew up in the 50s had no clue what made them tick — I regret that.


  8. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover says:

    Loved this story.


  9. puppy1952 says:

    Wonderful how your mom economised but I am so glad she treated herself to that weekly hairdo! We all need some spoiling.


  10. Fluid Phrase says:

    Yeah… This is very true. I know of many such people too. This is quite a different approach to the prompt. Loved it.


  11. Moon says:

    A great take with a great moral for our generation .Really admire your protagonist .


  12. I think it’s a good habit to have being careful.


  13. Iain Kelly says:

    A wise woman, especially never having a credit card, evil things.


  14. I think the habit of being careful when spending is a habit that will never leave… maybe it’s a good habit too.

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