Teaching Thrift

Thrift is defined as an ethic of hard work, savings, and stewardship. The idea of “teaching thrift” dates back to the 1800s when reformers advocated thrift as a way to help people rise to the middle class and live financially stable lives. Much literature was created for schools and children as well as the general public to spread this idea. The materials displayed here are part of a larger collection that includes the School Savings Banks movement.