After I had calmed down yesterday, I realized what my problem was… I was trying TOO hard to save money. I would use the same SD card to record my videos, transfer them to my computer, then format the card to be reused again. It only took one sleep deprived transfer to lose 3 weeks worth of videos.
So for now on, I will part with $20 once every two months or so to get a new SD card when the current one I have is full. After I transfer the files to the terabyte drive, I will toss the card into the safe. That way, when I realize I haven’t transferred all of the files over, I can go into the safe, and get the files from there.
I do know that frugality has it’s limits, I just have to know WHAT to limit.