Last December, my sister and I decided to be more accountable to each other for staying within budget. She sent me this wonderful book and every day I record what I spend. I reconcile it at the end of the month on my computer, but this daily recording – and adorable book, because I have a weakness for adorable books – helps me think more responsibly each and every time I spend a doll
Jane Austen hits on this quite a bit in her novels – and in every novel. There isn’t an Austen story in which we don’t read about annuities, financial pressures, incomes, and spending. Characters are wise or spendthrift, economical or profligate. Austen never shies away from economic realities, choices and hardships.
And budgeting and wise spending is as relevant now as it was then – not only because money is the means by which we obtain necessities, but how we think about money says much about our character. Think Lydia and Wickham – then start saving your pennies! Think Sir Walter Elliot and retrench!
So in this New Year, I hope to add a little more Elinor Dashwood to my Marianne. I chose those two for my thoughts on budgeting because they changed – Austen didn’t leave them static like Sir Walter, Wickham and Lydia – and because, quite frankly, they weren’t that bad at the beginning of Sense & Sensibility on this front. Elinor had more sense about money, but Marianne was more unaware than spendthrift.
How are you doing?