Tips to Saving Money

Most people, if not all, find uses for money in their everyday lives. Whether it be to buy lunch, clothes, or even services. But what most of us need is a way to conserve our money. Many people find themselves spending too much money, living paycheck by paycheck. Simply eating homemade food, not impulse buying, and not indulging in unnecessary luxuries are all ways to save money.

Eating homemade food can save money in a lot of ways. The most obvious one is where eating out costs a lot more than it does when you eat homemade food. When you eat out, you spend an average of 20$ for food and labor costs, compared to when you dine at home, you only spend around 4-9 dollars for a great meal. Another way eating homemade food saves money is where you don’t have to pay for medical bills. Now if you live in Canada, you get free medical bills, so you just don’t have to pay the fee of unhealthiness.

Impulse buying is a great way to waste money. When you impulsively buy something just because it looks good and it says that the price won’t ever go down that far again, you probably didn’t make a good deal. First of all, great prices almost always come back. And, you didn’t know the quality of the object you bought. Now I’m not saying that you always have to research whatever you want to buy, but just that it is a good idea.

Last of all, not indulging in unnecessary luxuries can be a great way to save money. Not going to the movie theater’s every other day, or not going to buy that toy you think would be great fun are all ways to save money. Now I am definitely not saying that you shouldn’t go to the movie theater once in a while, or not to indulge yourself in whatever you like to do, just that you should be careful to not go overboard with your unnecessary purchases.

In conclusion, having the skill to conserve the money that you get can be very helpful. Whether it be saving money on hospital bills, something you’d really like to get, or an extra cool looking car, small choices can go a long way to saving your money. But just remember, don’t be a miser!

Kourdakov’s use of Contrasting to Strengthen his Narrative

In Kourdakov’s autobiography, he uses many contrasting examples to try to strengthen his Narrative. Doing this gets the reader to understand his life so much more, and makes the story much more memorable.

An example of this in his autobiography is when he went to a huge meeting, of which all the big communist figures got together. There they awarded the greatest youth lead communist, who happened to be Kourdakov. This turned his day into the proudest day of his life. Or so he thought. Comrade Orlov, a big figure had invited him to eat with the other “big guys”. The place was filled with delicacies that no one else ever saw, together with vodka flowing everywhere, more abundant than water in a fountain. He also saw many great leaders of communism, all drunk, some passed out, lying on the tables together with food. Others leaders were so drunk they started denouncing communism. Calling it the curse of the Soviet Union. This quickly became one of the worst days in his life. Throughout all his life, Communism was his one and only root, the thing he hung on to. Now, he realized the Communism was just a big joke. The people on the top of the ladder all didn’t even believe in it.

I think Kourdakov uses these examples because the reader gets to understand him much better through these contrasts. Comparing and contrasting is also a well-known method of teaching because it makes people understand things better. It is also true that when you compare and contrast it increases the level of comprehension in your reader. I myself find that when the author contrasts different things in the book it makes me remember the story. You can see how well he uses these contrasts, from his proudest day to the day that he lost his belief in Communism. These compare and contrast techniques are useful because of how striking they can be. It is also powerful because he describes every event in such detail, word by word. You just get the feeling that you actually got to experience it. Kourdakov loves to use these contrasting examples especially when it comes to important times.

In conclusion, I think that these contrasting moments really are very helpful in the story. They help strengthen his Narrative really well, and just make me understand his life much better.