I have mentioned before my fascination with the path of good and the way one always seems to find more good when it is followed. Lately, I have been thinking about this in regards to resale shopping and budgets.
Like many others, my family is trying to tighten the belt and watch the cash flow. One way to do this recommended by many financial experts (Dave Ramsey , probably being the most notable) is to use cash to pay for things. We have adopted this method, carting our envelopes along in the car to stay on budget and try to teach our boys that money does not magically appear out of robot-like machines whenever we demand.
While doing this, I noticed how convenient it is that many of the ways I now shop since I started trying to buy little new, accept cash only (or it is certainly more convenient). Garage sales, Craigslist, thrift stores, antique stores, flea markets, all are most handy with cash. Sometimes you can even get a better deal with cash in hand.
Is it pure coincidence that this way of shopping that is already better for the planet and my pocketbook follows good financial sense? I don't think so. I think (like with everything else, it seems) our grandparents knew what they were doing here-following the path of good straight to financial freedom.