Saving money has become very important to my family, now that my husband has retired. He tells me that I shouldn’t worry so much, but that is difficult to do. I remember what happened my aunt was forced to retire because of her age. She thought that everything was going to be okay and she tried to convince the entire family that she was fine. I wasn’t so easily fooled by Aunt Jenny. She was my favorite aunt and I made sure to visit her every day, on my way home from school. One day, it was so cold in her house that I couldn’t take my coat off. She sat in her rocker, offering me a cup of hot tea, but refusing to move because she was warm underneath her afghan. I asked why it was so cold and she smiled and said she was saving money. When she got to make my tea, I looked at her thermostat. She had the thermostat turned down to fifty-five. I knew this could cause her to suffer because she had severe arthritis in her hands. I turned up the thermostat, and I instantly heard the furnace running. My adjusting the thermostat had never bothered her before, but she asked me to make sure I turned the thermostat back down before I left. I agreed to do so, but I was hoping she wouldn’t say anything when I was leaving. She looked grateful for the heating, but she was fearful of paying for the energy she used. I knew I had to say something to my dad when I got home.