When I was growing up we didn’t have much money, so phrases such as “a penny saved is a penny earned” and “waste not, want not” were just a normal part of our family’s conversation. However, I never thought that “waste not, want not” was part of glamorous Oscar-winning actress Nicole Kidman’s vocabulary.

In a New York Times interview about “Rabbit Hole,” a low-budget film that was a “passion project” for Kidman, she and director John Cameron Mitchell talk about how the constraints of a budget “concentrated the mind,” and how “sometimes more money can get in your way.”

And, yes, Kidman is quoted as uttering the words, “waste not, want not.” My universe has expanded!

Closing quotes:

“Cannot people realize how large an income is thrift?” — Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman philosopher; 106–43 BC

“Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of character.” — S.W. Straus

“Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship.” — Benjamin Franklin