Your financial acumen
The mortgage payment thread has made me think about this. Where, from whom, did you acquire your financial acumen?
My parents were the quintessential "yankees"... lived lean, counted pennies, "went without", but always had plenty of money to take care of whatever they needed. New roof on the house? NO PROBLEM. New septic system? NO PROBLEM. New car? NO PROBLEM (but they always bought "used"!). When they finally decided to take a vacation, they had plenty of resources...
I grew up with the "pay yourself FIRST" doctrine. I've been "tight" with a buck for as long as I can remember. "Brown-bagger", "do it yourselfer", "use it up/wear it out", "squeeze the dollar 'til it hollers"... I get teased routinely about things I do every day. It used to embarrass me, now I actually LIKE the ribbing. I'm proud that I'm flush at an age when the vast majority of my friends are NOT.
So what about the rest of the "regulars" here? how have you gotten to where you are and who and what lessons helped you?