My dad always taught me to work smarter, not harder. An excellent sentiment from a frugal man, that advice stuck with me for my entire life. When I had my first job as a lifeguard, I worked on finding more effective ways to keep the pool deck clean and improve safety around the pool area. It wasn’t my job to “lean out” the job, but I knew that taking these steps would make my job more manageable. I carried this efficient mindset to every career I had, and also carried it into my personal life. For example, warming my home in the Winter is very easy for me to do, and requires far less energy than most central heating systems. Rather than running the boiler for hours on end, I instead use the stove to cook various meals for myself to get through the next few days. Running the stove for hours on end makes the house much warmer than using the heating system too, and also allows me to handle meal prep for the next few days at the same time! Friends of mine will come over after my all-day cook-off, and they’ll ask how I manage to keep the house so warm. I tell them how I manage, and they ask me how it is that the house stays warm for so long after I’m done cooking. Well, that’s where excellent insulation comes in handy! My home has insulation installed in the walls and the ceiling, which works to ensure that the house stays warm or cool for far longer than a house with standard insulation in the walls alone. Like my dad always said, work smarter – not harder. A modern take on that phrase would be “prepare today, relax tomorrow”.