Extreme Frugality: Meet the Carters (video)

In these days of the worst recession since the Great Depression many of us are forced to change our ways of spending money. Others want to.

America was not built on going to the mall; our ancestors were frugal. They made things for themselves. When they had to buy food they constantly counted their pennies. (Of course a penny bought a lot more back then.)

This video features a family, the Carters, who had been living beyond their means for years. They finally decided to mend their ways and see how frugally they could live. Watch how they did it. See what you can fit into your life and let us know what you think.

Photo credit: MonkeyMyshkin

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Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T5 years ago

Thanks for the article..

Elisabeth T.
Elisabeth T5 years ago


Tim C.
Tim C5 years ago


Valerie R.
Valerie R5 years ago

We are gradually reverting back to the lifestyles folks lived in the past mostly out of necessity and more consciousness with how much resource we are using. This "keep up with the Jones' " mentality is going away. Look how much the average house size has grown since the '70s - it's ridiculous. Frugality isn't austere. Look at it as a challenge to see what can be done without, made, reused instead of automatically buying new, eating out and vacation splurging. Unfortunately, cheap and easy credit made this easy to do. When one's home and vehicles are paid for the rest is pretty simple; so better a small paid-for living space than a large expanse of mortgaged luxury to "wow" the relatives and neighbors who could care less anyway. The children in this video are much more fortunate than they may believe as they are learning valuable skills for getting along in life and being resourceful and that is so rare in this society. Watch the pennies and the dollars will always take care of themselves.

Elizabeth Brawn
Elizabeth Brawn5 years ago

frugal is best

greenplanet e.
greenplanet e5 years ago


Good to be frugal in general.

If we all had 40 acres though....

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago


Kath P.
Kath P5 years ago

Except for the chickens (which we're not allowed to raise in town) our lifestyle very closely mimics theirs.

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

I am grateful to have been parented by folks who survived(and thrived) the Great Depression. Lessons learned when young are not easily forgotten.

Kathryn Hosfeld
Kathryn Hosfeld5 years ago

Refreshing! Nice to see someone admitting they made a bad choice..taking ownership and coming up with viable solutions, rather than whining "poor me" and expecting someone else to solve the problem.