I dont know how my frugal tendecies make me a poverty tourist, this claim being made of a newer member. This forum was set up years ago, Velochic and myself of the members who rallied for this forum. A lot of us have good incomes and savings but we choose to stretch our money resources for many reasons, poverty may or may not be part of it. Frugal does not equal poverty. I think when we started this forum, it was all of us swapping stories about stretching laundry detergent and cut down energy use, having pantry challenges. Then a few years later, the economy hit and now we have poverty tourists and poverty. Sadly a lot of the newer MDC members have a different take on the world than when I started my mothering journey.
And yes, I agree that people who are living a natural family lifestyle are not going to be stockpiling tons and tons of the products the cameras showed these people having. I remember the first time viewing the show, DH and I are both stated, but why would we even buy most of those products???
As far as stockpilinng toilet paper, heck if you have the space to store it and its not piled all over your house like on the show, I am all for it. But when I have it crammed into my bedroom, the kids rooms etc and its interfering with our living, no I draw the line. The person I was referiing to on the show had it all over the place. Her husband just kind of threw up his arms over the whole thing. Very sad.