Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 2:35:47 PM
3 years ago, living in a poverty-stricken country where things as much as $100 only costs around 500 000 dong or $25, I viewed money as merely an object used for exchanging items and can be obtained easily by asking my parents. I barely ever thought about what money is and how I should spend it. I took granted for having a relatively well off family and never have I thought about money as a main issue or concern. Mom always taught me to use money wisely only when I need it. However, even though I didn’t use money extravagantly, I used money thoughtlessly. It appeared that I used money for legitimate things such as school supplies, books, and sometimes to have a little fun hanging out with friends. I didn’t waste money directly but I wasted money indirectly. I never appreciate the school supplies nor did I ever think about whether I would read the books I bought. I usually lost my school supplies so I wasted money by constantly buying new ones throughout the school year. And yes, I read some of the books I bought but not all of them. 3 years ago, never in my mind have I thought about why I should use money wisely or how I should use money or whether the things I bought were worth the money or not.
3 years ago, as my family stepped into the new, wealthy country of US, my old careless life turned upside down. Now, in this new well off country, everything costs at least 4 times as much and money is no longer merely an object, it’s a necessity for survival. My parents had to find new jobs and they no longer received the same incomes before. They have to work 20 times harder for fewer incomes. Here, we can’t afford even some of the most basic things for survival like a house for our own. Now, spending money wisely is a way to show appreciation and respect for all of my parents’ hard work and love for me. For the first time, I soon realized how precious money is, how my parents have to work so hard for it, how money is a necessity for survival, and how difficult life is for people living in poverty. I soon realized how to spend money. Now, I buy school supplies when they are on sale and check my pencil pouch every time after I use them to make sure they are there. Now, I checked books out from the library whenever I need them and only bought them if they are really necessary for school. Now, I always give a thought before I use money. Now, I finally learned how precious money is and how to use it wisely.