the skinflint philosopher

Attempting to thrift our way to a better life, with a toddler in tow!

The philosophy of Snow White


Tackling as we are, the thrifter’s life in Bulgaria, we are always trying to scrimp and save wherever possible. For example, I spent some time this week attempting to mend Tiddler’s story book and that has given me a few things to think about.

The backstory of course is that we set off from England as my good and faithful readers know last September, in Leo the campervan, though while sufficient for our basic needs on the two month journey pottering through Europe to get to Bulgaria, was rather lacking in library space. So, a swift calculation means Tiddler (i.e. me) has been reading the same twenty story books in some sort of spiraling rotation for around five months, with my nemesis the pop-up book of Hansel and Gretel appearing on a far more regular than it was due basis. Who knows why Tiddler loves this story so much. I think I made a rod for my own back when I once ad-libbed that the witch was ‘burnt up to a crisp’. Now if I don’t add that specific detail in every time I read of Gretel’s fiendish escape plan I get reprimanded by Tiddler for missing out part of the story i.e. the grusesome nasty bit.
There are a smattering of English language books in the bookshops here, but very expensive, and the town library was no help either. So Granny Westcountry kindly scoured her home for my niece and nephew’s old books and popped them in the post to us as an emergency package of books as frankly, if I have to read Hansel and Gretel one more time there are going to be consequences.  Much excitement all round! The joy of new (to us) books! Unfortunately, seems Tiddler’s cousins had been a bit heavy handed with Snow White and the seven dwarves, and a book had arrived which needed a good dose of TLC.
“Are books alive?” Tiddler asks. Inward snigger from me at the innate cuteness.
“Do books have skeletons?” Cut-off snigger as I have to answer honestly, “Well they do have spines, that much is true”.
“Are books made from lots of ingredients? Have we got the ingredients to mend this one?”
So given the circumstances, I don’t want to throw this book away, and I also believe strongly in the importance of Tiddler understanding the need to take care of her possessions. Money doesn’t grow on trees and all that. Things do still have a value, and a use, even if they are old. Why replace something if it is not broken. Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. I think you catch my general drift on this theme without resorting to further proverbs. Suffice to say, this is not just about money. Rather that I want Tiddler to be happy when she grows up. I cannot make her life a luxurious one, or guarantee no sorrows or troubles, but I hope I can equip her to be content with her lot, which will foster the skills of being practical, with common sense, and the emotional stability to make wise decisions.

Question: “Mirror mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”
Answer: “The one who is happy”




Quotes to give us a few more thoughts on this theme today:

Author: Theskinflintphilosopher

Call me thrifty, prudent, tight or even a miser, but squirreling money away is definitely my thing. The ins and outs of how saving money became a lifestyle, in order to work towards a specific lifestyle change. Follow me on that journey and learn to look at life in a different way.

6 thoughts on “The philosophy of Snow White

  1. Today is a special day for me as it’s my son’s birthday and I just helped him move to Cardiff. Treasure all the time you have with your little one as all too soon they grow up and move away. I know you actually are a beyond first prize exponent of this maxim. Much love- I remember that book you’ve got there. I wish I’d thought; I could’ve posted you a load of books too. Is it too late to do that? xxx

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    • Even the surrogate children of BSC don’t really cut it in comparison I am sure. No doubt he will be home to visit soon with his laundry. Perhaps look at doing more volunteer weekends in that neck of the woods and tie in a visit?
      Re books, we are ok now thank you for the offer though of course…. enough to tide us over for a while now and banish H & G for a while. x


  2. Glad to hear you are ok for books – would have sent some off to you if necessary! What a great example though, to make do and mend. In our consumer driven culture – the only way to get off the treadmill is to live within your means. Hopefully your daughter will learn to live with freedom too.

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    • Thanks Fred, that is very kind! We have had a new boost with the ones that have arrived so that will keep us going for the moment and alleviates a little bit of the repetition. Tiddler of course loves to have the same story again and again but it is myself that is getting very bored! She can now chant word for word some of the stories- I kid myself she can read, but it is learning by rote, which I suppose will help her to read them herself eventually.
      We also have found some children’s audiobooks on you tube so that is helping a little too 🙂
      Yes, I hope as any parent does that the decisions made and the lessons taught are the right ones. She might make her own choices later in life, but I like to think that the life lessons my parents taught me have stood me in relatively good stead so far.
      Anyway, we should treat books with respect! What a miserable world it would be without books and stories 🙂


  3. Hi. I have been living fulltime in my van for 3 months and am keeping the obligatory blog and am now finding time to read other peoples’ blogs too. I loved the fact that you repaired this book – thank you for teaching Tiddler how to do it. I”m going to have a look around the rest of your blog now. 🙂

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