In Cheap We Trust: The Story of a Misunderstood American Virtue with Author Lauren Weber

June 14, 2010
Hosted by Jordan Goodman

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Lauren Weber thought there seemed to be some connection between our consumption-oriented lifestyles and our society’s high levels of restlessness and unhappiness. She decided it was time to tell her story and to reclaim the virtue of thrift — or, as she likes to call it, cheapness — for a new era. She defines being cheap as a commitment to self-sufficiency, independence, and freedom from debt. It involves cultivating skepticism toward the message that we must consume our way toward happiness, that we have to spend money on the right house or the right clothes in order to feel fulfilled. Some people call this “frugality,” some people call it “voluntary simplicity.” I like the term “cheapness.” That word — “cheap” — is often thrown around as an insult when it comes to ordinary people who choose to save money rather than spend extravagantly. The fact is, thrift was once a heroic virtue in this country. Tune in for invaluable tips on saving money and go to http://www.LaurenWeber.com

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