Thursday, August 29, 2013

Money Models: Part 2

My best friend's dad just got a telescope. Maybe he can see the moon?

A while ago I did a post on people who affected the way I handle money. Here's part 2, because I'm really popular and know a lot of people. 

The Wacky Retiree 

My best friend's dad has a habit of hitting himself in the forehead with his wallet in an effort to get rich. He can afford to adopt that philosophy because he has everything he needs. He taught me that as long as your responsibilities are taken care of, you can do literally whatever you want with the leftover money. Including buying a telescope, just because you feel like it. 

I tend to feel really guilty when I buy something just because I want it, so I hope I become more like him one day. 

The Wonder Woman 

My best friend's mom is the most resourceful lady I have ever met. She doesn't let anything go to waste and can find a use for everything, including those wrapper paper things sticks of butter come in. (She uses it to grease pans when baking. It's genius.) She taught me that we should (and can) make the most of everything, and that there are simple solutions to lots of situations just lying around the house. Saving money is easy if you aren't afraid to think. 

The Frugal Super Dork

My sister isn't actually a dork, I just wanted to see if she would read this and send me an angry text. She is definitely super, and she is definitely frugal. Even though her tuition and fees at a super elite college are completely paid for, it stills bothers her when she has to pay for overpriced items on campus. 

With fake money. 

That the school gives her to spend. 

I admire her for not losing her frugality just because her finances are in good order. A lot of people apparently don't understand this because statistics show that a lot of lottery winners actually go bankrupt. 

The Value-Seeking Super Dork 

This guy isn't a dork either, but I knew he'd read this and get mildly offended. He is super though, especially because he said to me one of the most profound things I've ever heard: 

"I buy things to last." 

I've always learned that saving money was a priority, but he got me to think about the actual value of something, rather than just the cost. There is a difference, and sometimes the price tag really doesn't show the whole picture. When I buy things now, I think about how long it'll last, which is a much better determination of its value than just the monetary cost. 


Do you have any money models in your life? Let me know if the comments! 

See Money Matters Part 1 here

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