"Thrift" is one of world's most importanat concepts and a vital idea for the 21st century. It's also frequently misunderstood. Thrift comes from the word "thrive" and can mean:

  • The fact or condition of thriving or prospering
  • Means of thriving
  • Prosperous growth, physical thriving
  • Savings, earnings, gains, profit
  • That which is saved
  • Economical management, economy

–From the Oxford English Dictionary

Welcome to the world's most comprehensive site for teaching and studying thrift.

Our vision is to provide high-quality thrift education to every young American, through schools, youth-serving organizations, libraries, houses of worship, financial services organizations, and thrift stores.

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Industry earns.
Economy manages.
Prudence plans.
Frugality saves.
Generosity gives.
Thrift earns, manages, plans, saves, and gives.

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Read about Pete the Pig

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Read the booklet Why Thrift Matters: 20 Propositions

Read the booklet The Way to Wealth: Four Rules

Read the book American Thrift: A Reader

Read Evaluating Thrift: A Report

Watch the video Thrift: In Search of the Art of Living Well

Watch the video Why Thrift? Why Here? Why Now?


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