submitted by Janet Moody of Massachusetts
I just retired from teaching because of illness. I also lived in Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina and had most of my belongings stolen. In slowly buying new things, I realized it's worth buying quality that will last.
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2nd hand is OK, sometimes even better. Bureaus, beds, etc., that are all hardwood, are worth waiting for. Plus, my new home is non-cluttered because I have not collected all that extra stuff. I also realize that it is the pictures and small family items that are the dearest and hardest to lose.
Make extra picture copies and save them somewhere outside the home. Put jewelry and silver into a safe deposit box if you aren't using it daily, make inventories of what you own and take pictures. Be extra careful to make copies of your diplomas and reference letters. I learned the hard way. I am smarter now.
(Thank you Janet, sharing your experience and words of wisdom here will help a lot of people. God bless you!)
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