Frugality is Not a Dirty Word

Now I know that I am fixing to age myself, but I want us all to think about being more frugal in our cattle operations. The reason that I say I am going to age myself is simply because folks of my generation knew what it was to do without.  This is not to say that everyone today is on easy street. But back in the day it seems to me we valued what we did have more than we do today. One of the things that really pisses me off is these blue jeans that are bought new and are made to look old and worn out, legs all tore open and split. We wore stuff that looked like that at work or in the pasture or field. This was the way we saved our better ones to wear to town. My grandpa would not go to town or anywhere else away from home wearing patched britches. He believed that this would reflect on the family and say to the world that we were really, really poor. When we got home from school the first thing we did was to take off our school clothes, to wear them out of the house to work or play was next to a sin. It was a normal thing to see a shirt or dress or some other piece of clothing that was finally unusable as a garment to turn up in a patch work quilt pattern. To be frugal is to be not wasteful, to be thrifty, to be economical. Over the years the idea of frugality has been labeled with terms and words such as tightwad, skinflint, penny pincher and those who practiced it we

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2 thoughts on “Frugality is Not a Dirty Word

  1. Another difference between then and now was wearing out a tractor or machine and rebuilding it and then wearing it out again. Or building what was needed if you were capable.
    Admittedly, equipment needs were simpler then than now. That asks the question, is all that updated machinery required? Or was it purchased to cut the tax bill? I have a friend that retired a few years ago that only bought one new tractor while faming three irrigated circles. He took what tax breaks he could, but never bought machinery to cut tax bill. He paid his taxes and the remaining money was invested. This worked out very well for him.

  2. One minor quibble. If the equipment is not used much but there is no way to rent or get the services that it provides and they are necessary for your business then it’s not wasted to have one of your own. The stock trailer comes too mind. I can buy hay but you can’t rent or borrow a stock trailer so we do own one even though it only gets used about 10 times a year.

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