I think my love of saving money started with my grandmother and mother. I remember as a little kid I would ask my mom “Why are you cutting out those coupons?” She would respond that she was saving our family money by cutting down on our grocery bill every month. I started cutting out coupons at the age of 10. Plus sending in rebates and cutting out upc’s to send in for those free toys that were advertised on the cereal boxes. My grandma Esther was also a coupon clipper, but her family also saved money by growing their own vegetables, hunting in their woods and crocheting and knitting hats, gloves etc.
My Dad was also very frugal and we didn’t have a VCR, video games, or a computer! He was old-fashioned and cared more about saving money and making sure his family had a secure future. I remember instead of buying a new car, he would fix up the car we had. He was a great mechanic and kept the cars running for a long time.
As I got older, I got away from coupons and as a poor college student, I found myself getting into credit card debt, trying to keep up with the Joneses in college and afford books and tuition. I had several friends in college who had much more liquid spending cash than me but I still tried to keep up. Whether it was Nine West shoes, Bath and Body Works shopping sprees or just going out to eat, my debt increased. As I neared graduation, I realized I had to clean up my act!
Grandma would always advise me to pay off my debt, especially school loans and save for the future. She wrote me letters all the time and gave such great advice. She has since passed away in 2003 and I still have all her letters and love to re-read them for her great advice!
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