Yankee Thrift isn’t always about frugality!

Doesn’t the man on this vintage marketing piece for a Thermo Pride furnace look like Tom Netheron from The Lawrence Welk Show? Speaking of which, PBS isn’t showing it for the next three Saturday nights in a row! What will we do?! Anyway this is an actual part of the paperwork that came with my Thermo Pride furnace installed 31 years ago. When the housing inspector walked around my home before I purchased it he made a point to tell me that it could possibly last forever. When I looked up and met the original owners of my 1950 home and had them over the husband, Len beamed with so much pride when he stood in front of it. I can still see his big smile as he said: “It’s the Cadillac of furnaces!” I told him how I truly appreciated it since I was enjoying its comforting, reliable service. He was not the type of man who bought Cadillacs or flashy things, but he was an old time Mainer who knows the value of a dollar and when it’s prudent to spend more.

It’s a common misconception and folklore that Yankee thrift is about valuing things on the cheap whether in price or quality. No way. Sometimes the thriftiest of us know the value of investing in something that will not only last but will provide needed comfort and safety. Although our furnace is still running and keeping our home toasty it’s starting to have some issues. We’ve decided to give it a dignified retirement instead of having it possibly get totaled–parts costing close to replacement value–in the middle of a future winter.

The new furnace will be installed this summer and it’s going to be another Thermo Pride, still made in the USA. It’s going to cost a lot more up front than other options just like it did 31 years ago but it will be worth the peace of mind and the longevity. When you calculate the cost of having one furnace lasting at least the lifetime of two others it’s a bargain. By being thrifty we’ve saved enough to be able to afford it and it comes with a lifetime warranty. It might outlive us and if it does, I hope that the buyers will appreciate the warmth and security when they become the new caretakers of our humble home. I want to keep Len’s legacy alive!

6 thoughts on “Yankee Thrift isn’t always about frugality!

  1. Such a good point about thrift Averyl. There were lots of things we did on the cheap because money was tight and it didn’t matter. But, my mom always bought us good shoes that lasted until we grew out of them (she bought them a little big) and were handed down to at least one and maybe two other kids to finish wearing out. Same with cookware. She said she’d rather have one good pan than 20 that will have their handles fall off in six months! And she swore by Maytag, wouldn’t consider anything else for her washing machine which she bought in 1953, handed down to me and I used it until about 1990! Good yankee thrift!

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    1. Thank you. Your mother definitely is wise. I have some pricey pieces of cookware along with rummage sale CorningWare for which I paid no more than a dollar a piece, usually less. I like good things that will last. Sometimes I can get them inexpensively, other times not but always within my balanced budget. I won’t buy junk because it’s cheap or take it home if it’s free. Junk can become expensive quickly, if you know what I mean!

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  2. I really appreciate the idea of investing in quality “boring” things like furnaces and the like. I think it’s a trait of quality people! I love your posts about Yankee thrift! πŸ’š

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