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I decided to do something a bit different for this book review…..and I’m excited about it.
Author Devon Kinch, who has written the new children’s book, Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop, has written an exclusive post just for A Frugal Friend! What a treat this is and I hope you’ll enjoy it!
From Devon Kinch:
In our current economy, being frugal-minded is an invaluable asset. Lots of families are reworking their relationships with money and downsizing their spending budgets. Parents are confronted with the difficult task of teaching their children responsible spending habits and the art of reconciling their needs vs. wants. The best strategy is to begin talking to our children about money at a young age. If we stick to it throughout their childhood, I predict that one day, hunting for a bargain may become—dare I say it—hip!
The most frugal person I know is my grandmother, Bunny. She was a young girl during the depression when being conservative with money was a necessity, not a choice. Most of these characteristics are hardwired into her personality at this point. At 94 years old, she doesn’t know how to be anything but frugal. She clips coupons, has her shoes resoled at the cobbler, waits for items to go on sale before making a purchase, and does most of her shopping at the Salvation Army (or as she calls it – “the S.A.”).
Bunny could easily afford to shop full price at department stores, but she derives way too much satisfaction from finding a bargain. After giving her a compliment on a smart blazer she is wearing or a lovely pair of earrings, you can almost guarantee she’ll respond in a very matter-of-fact way by saying “S.A.” followed by the price, “six dollars.” Then she’ll take a slight model’s pose to show off her wares. For Bunny, there is no shame in shopping second hand; it’s an accomplishment equipped with bragging rights.
Legend has it, she traveled by car from New Jersey to South Carolina after getting news about a department store that had slashed prices before it was set to go out of business. At the time, she had six children to clothe and feed, so I imagine a trip like this may have been perfectly justified. Not many can match that kind of dedication to a bargain!
When I set out to write Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop, Bunny was one of the first characters I created. Penny needed a supportive financial role model in her life—one that offered her advice and help, but also gave her enough room to try to solve her own problems. Penny is free to dream up unconventional solutions to her everyday money problems, all the while knowing Bunny is there to lend a helping hand. This is a great strategy for parents trying to instill these types of money values in their children. Give them the tools they need, and support them as they find their way. If all our hard work pays off, our children may end up being just as thrifty as Bunny’s generation; smart, sassy, and fashionably frugal.
BUY IT: Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop
Author Devon Kinch shares more about her series at these sites:
Monday, January 24: Teaching Books
Tuesday, January 25: Book Faerie
Wednesday, January 26: Family Finance
Thursday, January 27: The Children’s Book Review
Friday, January 28: Booking Mama
Saturday, January 29: Two Writing Teachers
Sunday, January 30: A Frugal Friend
Monday, January 31: Random Acts of Reading
Tuesday, February 1: Mommy Savers
But I’ve got some extra fun for you……
Five (5) lucky winners will receive a copy of Pretty Penny Sets Up Shop
HOW TO ENTER:
For your main entry, Leave a comment and tell me why you want to win! That’s it!
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Winners Announced on Facebook , via email, and on original post!
Giveaway ends at midnight (central time) on Sunday, February 13th, 2010! Valid for US residents and addresses only. I’ll announce (and contact by email) the winner on this post and the winner will have 2 days to get back to me for delivery details. Limit one set of entries per household.
(Complimentary book was provided to A Frugal Friend . All remarks are the personal and honest opinions of A Frugal Friend)