I’ve been a late bloomer. But better late than never, right?

Even back in elementary school, when I was so painfully self-conscious, there was a clear example of this challenge that was to come for many years ahead.

The teacher called us up one at a time, in grade four, to act out whatever we were told to be. My assignment was to be a blossoming flower, but I stood there and froze until I was put out of my misery. I’m sure there were more than a few tears shed that day, along with a few chuckles from classmates who already thought my British accent was funny enough.

Personally, I think it’s a bit clueless to put kids on the spot like that in front of a whole class. And I’m glad there seems to be more awareness these days of how different kids are and that one size does not fit all, just like one type of budgeting won’t work for everyone.

Either way, that one small moment actually took on great significance. It’s taken me two degrees, many years, and several different types of jobs to finally find my way to the path that now seems as clear as day, or like I’m actually blossoming.

I’ve always been a writer. I’ve always been musical. I’ve always been creatively inclined. But it took years for the pieces to come together.

My inkling for being a conscientious consumer actually dates back to that same time of life as my awkward moment in front of the class. I can fondly recall that a normal size chocolate bar, at the local corner shop across from my elementary school, was ten cents for 75 grams. (For me and my sweet tooth, it’s no coincidence that the first product that comes to mind is chocolate!) And every time I now see a Snickers or a Kit Kat bar (just 45 grams!!) getting smaller and smaller, I think back to the good old days.

Except that I’d take today’s days over yesterday’s days in a heart beat.

It’s never too late to blossom in many ways including being a savvy spender and saver. Why don’t you join me? Maybe we can stand up in front of the class together and then go find the best deal on candy bars from the corner store…

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