"No matter how little something is worth, do not waste it." This is a quote from my 84-year-old grandfather. When I enter my grandfather's house I can still feel the lively spirit of my grandfather. Despite his old age, he is as healthy and active as any man in my family. He has a calm temperament, bright, round eyes and a big, but fine-looking nose. Because of his life-long experience coping with adversity, he is a very frugal man who doesn't waste his money. He never throws away his belongings until people cannot define what it is. Even though he is a wealthy man, he is very wise in using money.

My grandfather doesn't like buying new things. He has a pair of broken glasses, which he attached, together with tape so he can still use them. When the sole of his shoe wears out, he rips off the bottom of one of my grandmother's shoes, which she doesn't wear anymore, and attaches it to his shoe so he won't need to buy a new one. If you go to his house, you can find all sorts of antiques because he never throws away his possessions. His belongings which are new are things his children have given him. My father gave him a new television set because his was too old, and I bought him a walkman because his portable walkman was also too old. He never goes out to spend his money on things he already has, no matter how old it is. At first I was very surprised at what he did, but now I am used to it.

My grandfather was born in a very wealthy family. His father had a job which involved holding ritual ceremonies for the king's ancestors, a very important event at that time. When grandfather was young he lived in a 76-room house, which sat next to the king's royal palace. He had over 20 servants that served his family. Grandfather said, when he was a boy, he got everything he wanted. He ate oatmeal, which was very rare and expensive at that time because it was a foreign product. Also, he had clothes that were made of valuable silk, and his family had the money to afford him to send to a university, an expense that was difficult to bear for many families.