Theatrical Thursday: American Thrift {Vintage Film}

This rambling 1962 film is supposed to be a tribute to the money management skills of the American Woman. However, many of the women seem a bit forlorn to me.  The thing I like about the film, though, is they show a couple using their budgeting envelopes near the beginning of it.  I love the envelope method of money management and think that is one of the reasons we were able to squeak by last year when things got so bad for us.  I literally had all of our truck rental, gas, motel, and food money in envelopes during The Big Move.  Although it was a bit scary, it was also a huge relief to know that we weren’t going to get any bills related to the move once we finally arrived!  Going “cash only” for our purchases has really brought us peace of mind.

I have been using just regular stationary store envelopes but have been a bit dissatisfied with them because the small ones seemed too small and the letter sized ones seemed just a bit too big.  Also, I taped the edges because they seemed to wear out so quickly.  When I was ordering my new budget book, I discovered SpendVelope Envelopes.  I ordered them and I love them.  They are sturdy and the different colors make them easier to organize.  I also like the big flap (they have a register on the inside but I don’t generally use it because I remember to ask for receipts–I can see how it would come in handy for those times when I don’t get one).  I highly recommend them!

Enjoy this idealized vision of the American Woman of 1962!

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Dr. Julie-Ann

I'm Dr. Julie-Ann, living life in its Technicolor finest by channeling my Grandma, Donna Reed, and June Cleaver with a bit of Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly glamour thrown in for good measure, too. I work outside of the home full-time as a university administrator but I nourish my soul and find my greatest happiness by trying to be the "perfect" 1950s homemaker.

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    My husband has always been the budget person in our family, and we lived conservatively, believe me! We practiced deferred living and carried no debt except for the mortgage on the house. It was tough on the kids, growing up in an era when people seemed to live for the day. Two of them got the picture, though, and are good savers. The third reacted to what he saw as needless deprivation and has had all kinds of financial difficulties.

    I loved the way the film conveyed the woman confidently taking her son for treatment when he hurt his finger. She had a “rainy day” fund for that need.
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