I tend to throw my money around a lot. To the point where I occasionally overextend myself financially because I forget how much I actually have. Even though I am confident in my ability to recoup my investment, there are times when the going gets tough. During those times, I make an effort to reduce my energy consumption. Since I was trying to cut costs wherever possible, my dad gave me some advice on how to reduce my energy consumption. In order to prepare my home for summer, I turn off my smart thermostat, throw open the window, and have a professional service my air conditioner every year. There are other considerations, but these are good places to begin. Having an air conditioner service plan has helped me save money in the long run, and I’m grateful for that. The last thing I need is for something to break and cause an unexpectedly high repair bill. In light of his observations of my mother’s wasteful spending habits, my mother imparted to me the aforementioned energy-saving advice and other things. I’m not proud of the fact that I constantly spend money, but I guess that’s what it takes to get through my depression. At least, that’s how I deal with it. Much of it goes toward indulging my problematic alcoholism by funding my frequent nighttime drinking. I need to stop wasting money on that and could benefit from AA. Aside from that, I spend a lot of money on movie theater popcorn and large drinks at the movies. My dad is a wealth of information when it comes to conversing energy.