Greta and I are back from a busy summer, the school year has started, and today’s high temperature here in North Carolina will only be in the 70s! I can actually wear long pants again.
You know what that means: It’s time to ramp up Survey Monkey for another season of Casual Fridays studies.
This week’s study was inspired by a memory from my childhood. I always hated it when my mom used to mash the tiny remaining fragments of the old bar of soap into a brand-new bar, so we never got that “new soap” feeling. I realized that it was just a way of saving money, but I vowed that when I grew up and was buying my own soap, I’d toss the residual scrap into the trash and enjoy a fresh new bar.
Greta, of course, thought that was the silliest thing she’d ever heard, so we continue my (and her) mom’s practice of mashing the old soap in with the new. Every once in a while, just to be rebellious, I’ll throw the old soap away before she gets the chance, and replace it with a pristine new brick.
Anyway, it got me to thinking: How much does parents’ thriftiness get handed down to their children? Do we tend to partner up with people of compatible thriftiness levels? Perhaps we’ll be able to shed some light on these questions with this week’s study.
As usual, the survey is brief, with just 10 questions. It should take only a few minutes to complete. You have until Thursday, September 3 to complete your response. There is no limit on the number of respondents. Don’t forget to come back next week for the results!
And if you have any interesting examples of your own (or others’) extreme examples of thriftiness (or wastefulness), let us know about them in the comments.