Frugal Fatigue

• The sentimental wife who has visited the gold and silver liquidator to sell off some of her treasured mementos to sneak some extra groceries into the house while keeping her husband’s pride alive.

• The parents who waited in lines and entered contests to get their children special holiday gifts they couldn’t afford to buy or reserve at full price.

• The pastors who have tried to instill confidence into their congregations that all of this sacrifice has purpose and meaning.

Truly, the list could go on all day.

The weariness from Frugal Fatigue does not appear to be waning as the days pass. Surely, there’s more of it ahead, and certainly more challenge to the human spirit awaits us in 2012.

But throughout the challenges of life, there has been nothing more encouraging than the support of our fellow brothers and sisters who have lent a hand, accepted a hand and stood beside us through the darkest of hours.

As we count our blessings, be sure to include their friendship at the top of the list. Without each other, there truly would be no sign of hope.

And without the challenges we have endured, how would we ever know how tough we really are?

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at

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One comment on “Frugal Fatigue

  1. Well said Ron. Bad times do often bring out the best in people and can clarify what the really important things in life are. We generally don’t need even a fraction of the “things” that we deem important; over-stuffed attics and garages, and yard sales, will testify to that. In the end it’s the simple things that really count – health, family support, food, shelter, water and air…you know, the basics. You remind us that there are way more good people out there – the silent majority – than the bad that you hear about on the daily news.

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