Frugality, frugality for me is a necessity!
I hope you heard that to the melody of "Spectacular, Spectacular" from Moulin Rouge, or as it is less well-known, the overture to "Orpheus in the Underworld" by Jacques Offenbach. You're welcome for the earworm.
So you might be asking yourself, "What on earth does this have to do with composition??? I thought this was a composition blog??" Well, sure. But it's also what life is like as a freelance composer, and this is soooo what I'm going through right now.