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Recently, my friend Dave and I were visiting a burrito establishment for their BOGO offer and discussing life and money-matters. The subject soon turned to “things we purchase today that our grandparents would shake their heads at”. Knowing the generation that came before us has endured quite a bit by way of the Great Depression and war – thriftiness became a way of life for most.
While pondering this question for awhile – here’s a few things we came up with.
This one is a no-brainer. I can’t imagine our great-grandparents thinking this was a brilliant idea. They’d be like, “You actually pay for water? Who raised you?!” Though, our water does seem to have a lot more pollutants in it than previous times. But, some reports have indicated that bottled water is no better for you than tap.
“You what? You pay to go to a gym to work-out?! Pshh.” Our great-grandparents probably worked too hard out in the fields or at their jobs doing physical labor to even need a gym membership. With many of our jobs being ‘sit-at-the-desk-for-8-hours-in-a-day-with-only-a-few-breaks’, we have to get some exercise. Unless you have one of these at your desks (which, an old co-worker of mine once had).
Dog sweaters (or any animal clothing for that matter)
Dave came up with this charmer. I know some people just love their animals – but come on. These creatures don’t need any clothing! As our great-grandparents would say, “What in tarnation?”
My grandmother talked about how they rarely ate out – if ever. I liken it to drinking pop (soda) today. Even when I was younger, drinking pop was something you might get once-a-week – if that. It was a treat. Today eating out is almost an everyday event for many of us.
When I went to stay with my grandparents, we would often go “up-town” (as they liked to call it) to the grocery store/diner. The farmers would be meeting for breakfast, sipping on their coffees that were provided by the grocer. I think there was a jar were you could donate a nickel if you felt so benevolent that day. “$4 for a cup o’ Joe! That’s nonsense!”
“Put em in the tub and warsh em out!” I’m not old – well, sorta – but even I grew up on cloth diapers. Today it seems, it’s all about convenience. And, really, who am I to say – I haven’t had to change many diapers. (Ruser has though and prefers the cloth diaper).
Anything new that replaces a functional item
I got this idea from the Reddit post that I submitted on this topic (there were some great ideas!). I’m reminded of this whenever I go to upgrade this gadget or that do-dad – when the one I’m using is in working condition.
I’d love to hear some things you think your great-grandparents would be giving us the ol’ shake of the head on for purchasing today.