The original Thrift Week harks back to 1916 as the country was in the middle of the 1st World War.
As the BBTW site notes:
"The activities of National Thrift Week were guided by several specific
principles and behaviors and each was given its own day. Hence,
Americans joined together every January in celebrating Have a Bank Account Day, Invest Safely Day, Carry Life Insurance Day, Keep a Budget Day, Pay Bills Promptly Day, Own Your Home Day, and Share with Others Day.
Then, as today, critics often maligned thrift as simple hoarding, but
these principles demonstrate how the founders envisioned Thrift Week as
so much more—they saw it not as a way to encourage miserly behavior,
but instead to cultivate responsible consumerism and civic progress."
I found out about the Green Granny via Springwise.
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