Making Money Last

My mother was a great economizer. She set a good role model for the entire family. I wonder why my brother turned out to be such a spendthrift. He was always borrowing money from me as a kid. He never planned his expenditures beyond a day at a time. And there was always something he had to have. No wonder I abhor these kinds of commodity-oriented personalities. I have turned out quite the opposite. I am truly my mother’s son. In my profession—I am a photographer—you must to learn to budget. Money is sporadic, but when it rains, it pours. I put it away for leaner times. I wouldn’t dream of buying something extravagant. If I have a really good year, I may buy a new car, and it will be a used one.

I am thrifty to the bone. I find ways to recycle, repurpose, socks money away, and conserve. It affects everything I do. I never throw away leftovers and heat them the next day. I always fill the washer or the dishwasher to the brim for one full load. Several small ones are wasteful. I believe in water conservation. I read about the lack of clean water worldwide on Twitter and how scientists are struggling to invent systems that will purify polluted streams and lakes. We do not have a water shortage in my area, but I am nonetheless mindful of waste. Most people I know buy bottled water in cases and go to discount stores. That is their version of thrift. I get it. But it takes resources and energy to produce any goods, so I prefer to drink filtered water instead. I don’t deny water bottlers a right to make a living, but it shouldn’t have to cost so much for this vital liquid when it comes right out of the tap.

Mine comes out a slight rusty color and I know there are abundant chemicals swimming around. I wouldn’t want to live without my water filtering system, even to take a shower or a bath. I wouldn’t ever wash my face with rust-laden fluid. I actually know people who bathe in bottled water. Michael Jackson was the originator of this luxury. In the old days. People heated water in an old metal kettle on the stove. Now we have these ingenious filtering systems for specific areas of the house, like the bathroom and kitchen. You can buy a whole house unit if you want pure water for your outdoor plants. There is nothing like freshly-shampooed hair that was washed with a filtered spray. It is so soft and tangle free. Let me tell you that the money I spent (and I don’t spend freely as you can see) is worth its weight in gold. I am not lacking in water as I limit my showers to ten minutes, and I do whatever I can to control usage. Laundry is done once a week. I don’t even like to mop the floors, but I do it weekly anyway.