Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Response of One Femme Frugal to the Inauguration Address

First off, I just have to say that I was just blown-away by President Obama’s inaugural speech. Not only was it eloquent and well-delivered, but it managed to be sophisticated while also revealing of our new president’s outlook and approach for his administration. I think what we, as a country, are looking at really coincides with what the Femmes Frugal and our readers have been thinking and acting on for quite some time.

There is no escaping the fact that President Obama hit the nail on the head when he said, “The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our Gross Domestic Product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.” Living a frugal lifestyle represents stepping back from the consumer stereotype to a position where we can provide for ourselves and others. This isn’t a website where we advocate just scraping by, or spending all your money because there’s a good deal, or hoarding the things you get from these deals we’re all sharing. As we’ve gone along, I hope you’ve found inspiration in the things we’ve mentioned doing, whether it’s giving some of your freebies/cheapies away, sending things to a college student or grandparent, or just contributing to your local food bank.

Obama also espoused the need for our country to respond to the crises we face by “begin[ning] again the work of remaking America.” His plan includes creating jobs, especially through green energy expansion. Lately, this has been a topic that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention around here. This has really provided the inspiration from which I do hope, and plan, to revisit the topic of frugal environmentalism at least once a month in tribute to our personal goal to help our readers live greenly. Be on the look out for an article next month on starting your herb garden!

I hope this post didn’t come across as political, I tried to keep it as neutral as possible. And I want to alert readers to something that combines the enlightened self-interest philosophy of the inaugural address with the joy of freebies: Starbucks is offering a free tall brewed coffee, January 21st-25th to anyone who will pledge 5 hours of volunteer work to his/her community!


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