AT on ... Being Thrifty and Being Green

AT on ... Being Thrifty and Being Green

Stephanie Kinnear
Sep 29, 2009

I've never been much of a shopper. I'd argue that I'm not cheap (I like to occasionally pick up the tab at dinner with friends; I buy organics; I like to travel), but I've never been big on hitting the mall or going shopping for fun. After reading an article in New York magazine, I'm wondering if my thrifty ways were learned or inherited...

The article argues that being careful with money might be inherited rather than learned. Although I've always assumed that my disinterest in shopping had a lot to do with my parents' example.

Either way, I think being thrifty is one of my greener habits. I like to buy secondhand. I like to come up with creative ways to use things I already have for new purposes. I don't often buy things I don't need.

Are you thrifty? Do you consider your thriftiness going hand-in-hand with your greeness? And do you think it's a learned thing or an inherited thing? I'm still thanking Mom and Dad for my lack of credit card debt!

Image: Lauren Weber for New York Magazine

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