I'm going through my father's papers.
I just found some financial reports of his which tell his salary for the year 1984. I was stunned at how little it was. Then, I put it into a google chart that tells the value of that amount for 2018. It was shockingly little.
The thing that amazed me was how generous my parents were; how much they shared with family and how they made that small amount go so far.
When he died, we each got some money from his estate, and I now realize that he was very frugal and was a very good steward over what he had.
For many years, I encouraged him, begged him, pleaded with him to get a newer car. He always declined. He didn't go out and buy expensive things. The only thing he really spent money on was my mom, pies/cakes, and techno gadgets. (He had so many useless gadgets in his basement after he died. Still makes me laugh, although I take after him in that regard!)
Oh, dear father and mother, you left such a great legacy of love and being financially conservative.
I've never followed your example, but oh, how I wish I had.