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Old 04-28-2009, 12:14 PM
 
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I guess the people who want to live frugally and learn how to make and save money using the Internet are not interested in spending money to learn how to do so. The class at the Adult and Community Education program (offered with a real teacher at a local high school) on how to live frugally was cancelled due to lack of enrollment.

I talked to the teacher. He was very disappointed and wondered why people did not want to learn how to save thousands of dollars.

Why wouldn't a class like this be popular in this economy?

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Old 04-28-2009, 12:21 PM
 
Location: The Great Southwest
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Was this an online class? A class at City-Data, or a class somewhere local to you?
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:24 PM
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I guess I'm not alone in my thinking that the fastest way to save money is not spending it on a class on how to save money.
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:27 PM
 
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Why wouldn't a class like this be popular in this economy?
How much did it cost? Perhaps people don't want to spend money frivolously right now.
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:31 PM
 
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How much did it cost? Perhaps people don't want to spend money frivolously right now.
$29

The students would have made that back a hundred times over if they would have followed what was in the class. Somewhat similar to the students who refuse to spend money on a class in job hunting. You need to spend money to make or save money sometimes.
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Southwest Missouri
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Why wouldn't a class like this be popular in this economy?
Perhaps the concept of frugal living wasn't the problem. How was the class promoted/marketed to the public?
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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Perhaps the concept of frugal living wasn't the problem. How was the class promoted/marketed to the public?
In an adult education catalog with a number of other courses. I was told that rarely is a class cancelled due to a lack of enrollment because the coordinator of the program writes such effective copy in the catalog and has a sixth sense of what is successful.
In this class he was wrong, no interest. So I met with the instructor one on one.

This adult education program is one of the most successful in America and has hundreds of classes on about every topic you can think of. The catalog is sent to every household in the county and they have a full time marketing staff.

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Old 04-28-2009, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Southwest Missouri
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In an adult education catalog with a number of other courses. I was told that rarely is a class cancelled due to a lack of enrollment because the coordinator of the program writes such effective copy in the catalog and has a sixth sense of what is successful. In this class he was wrong, no interest. So I met with the instructor one on one.
So it's possible that the concept was good, but wasn't delivered to the correct audience?
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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My guess is that people were afraid that it would be either over-the-top frugal or a little too much of a sales pitch for some scheme.

I visited a web site for frugal living and was quickly scared away. They were advocating things like only washing our hair once a month, feeding your family of five on $8 a day (and the menus were disgusting and full of fatty, unhealthy foods), washing and reusing Swiffer pads (uh, wouldn't a good old fashioned bucket and mop be a better solution), the list goes on.

I don't think that the average person of reasonable intelligence needs to pay $29 to be told to use cold water for the wash and line dry the laundry, clip coupons, plant a garden, and turn the lights off when you're not in the room.
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Old 04-28-2009, 02:17 PM
 
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You have my sympathy. I finally stopped visiting my favorite frugal living site because it had been taken over by tin-foil hat, weapon-happy survivalists.
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