Writers are generally not known for their great wealth, and today I thought I'd post some practical advice related to corner-cutting, money-wise. IMHO based on some experience (my own and others'), there are things you can skimp on and things it's best not to skimp on.
skimped on clothes (thrift store buying, wearing them as long as
they're still whole even if they're out of date), hair cutting ("I can
keep these split ends another few weeks"), and cars (owned none for most
of my life, now technically own half of one, but usually walk or ride
the train). My husband is addicted to coupons and strategic,
deal-maximizing food-shopping. I don't think any of that has harmed me,
and some of it, like the walking, has probably done me some good.
there are three things I'd advise people to take good care of, even if
the costs in time, energy, attention, and money tempt them to cut
Feet. For Pete's sake, get good shoes. No matter
how cute the shoes look: if they're hard to walk in, forget them. Get
sturdy comfortable shoes that you can walk in. Think arch support and,
ideally, ankle support. Your feet will thank you twenty years down the
road, and so will your back and knees.
Teeth. It's easier
to get preventive cleanings, to brush and floss, than it is to get major
dental work. Also, some dental infections can lead to serious health
problems. Influenced by my relation to a former dental assistant, I've
gone regularly to the dentist my entire adult life, and I think I've had
fewer major procedures at my age than anyone else I know. Major dental
work is painful and expensive: set yourself up to avoid it if you
Eyes. You only get one pair. Make sure they're okay.
This has been your public service announcement for the day. ;-)