Choose a Frugal Mate

Benjamin Franklin was able to save enough money to retire early in life, allowing him time to invent and make other contributions to society. But I wonder if he could have done this had his wife been prone to spend money? According to Franklin, "it was lucky for me that I had one so much disposed to industry and frugality as myself.... Our table was plain and simple, our Furniture of the cheapest." (Autobiography, p. 88) ? Copyright 2002 Steve Miller - All Rights Reserved

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