I’m working on posting (relatively!) easy tips to help you save money this year. Because if you’ve ever had a disorganized financial life, you know that your life can never be organized until your finances or in order.
I haven’t mentioned it here yet, but a few days after my family moved into our new home last month, my grandmother died. Although she was quite a bit younger than my grandfather, she outlived him by just 18 months. I know that she missed him, and I hope that they are reunited now.
My grandparents were a lot alike. When I was a child, my dad used to joke that they were both so cheap, they could stretch a dollar until it screamed. When I became a young adult, my dad commented frequently that I followed closely in their footsteps. He wasn’t wrong. And my grandparents were proud of my frugality. In fact, I’m certain that my grandfather was never more proud of me than when he learned I’d just started monitoring the electricity and water meters at the apartment I shared with my husband. He was proud that I was working to be thrifty. And his encouragement kept me documenting those numbers and using my cell phone to document those readings in picture form on a daily basis. Seven years later, and I have consistently monitored our energy usage, from a one-bedroom apartment to a two-bedroom apartment to a small house and then to a bigger one.
Until recently anyway.