In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year-old boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him. “How much is an ice cream sundae?” he asked. “50¢,” replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. “Well, how much is a plain dish of ice cream?” he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a table and the waitress was growing impatient. “35¢!” she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn’t have the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.”
This little story arch helps explain what it means to live Silly Simple. With the wackiness of the local economy and the changes in the global economy, who doesn’t want to cut a few corners now and save some pennies now and again? The Silly Simple life is about choosing those moments strategically. Cutting out bad habits instead of charities, and tipping your waitress instead of buying a new pair of shoes. Silly Simple living means living frugally, but staying true to yourself and your values in the process.