In A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge, although lacking generosity, is a savvy financial man. In the 1984 movie, he says to his employee Bob Cratchit:
Garments were invented by the human race as a protection against the cold. Once purchased, they may be used indefinitely for the purpose for which they are intended. Coal burns. Coal is momentary and coal is costly. There will be no more coal burned in this office today…
Although Scrooge’s use of this wise proverb may not be commendable, the proverb itself is very valuable. “Buy the coat not the coal” can save you from many bad purchases. “Coal,” unnecessary consumable goods, is hiding in a lot of our culture. It takes wisdom, discernment, and intentionality to see what the wiser purchases of “coats” should be.
This kitten sees “coal” hiding in enticing sales and avoids going bankrupt saving money.
To read more about this topic check out What was Wrong with Tiny Tim?