Who hasn’t boasted about finding a great deal? I know some women who can’t talk about their clothes without mentioning how cheap they found it. I also swap stories with friends and relatives about finding a great deal on computer equipment or a used book at a library.
In a capitalistic, consumer-oriented society it’s not shocking that we look for a good deal. I can’t help but applaud one relative who earned bragging rights by building a better computer for less money than his friend. There’s nothing inherently wrong with a bargain.
Unfortunately we have raised finding cheap goods and services as the highest value, and forgotten how they are manufactured and delivered. While still upholding the value of thrift and spending money wisely, I’d like to spend a little time talking about the moral issues surrounding our buying choices and other every-day decisions that receive less thought than required.
The trick to this discussion about our obsession with saving money is whether or not every one can be held to the same level. For example, so people just need to find the best deal out of necessity. Buying a locally-made product for home at a higher price may snatch needed money for groceries. Clearly we can’t hold everyone to the same standard.
To the degree that we are able, our buying habits are desperately in need of scrutiny. We may be surprised with what we find. Perhaps we can save money without ruining our planet and our local communities. That is a topic worth considering in the days to come.