This summer has flown by. The girls start school next week and we’ve pretty much wrapped up all of our back-to-school shopping. They did a great job this year and I am so proud of them. Not only did they make smart choices with their budget, but they looked for things they already had or could reuse.
We all enjoy new things, but it doesn’t always make sense to buy new. This can sometimes be difficult for kids to understand, and they can get upset or feel deprived if they have to reuse something. So I was particularly pleased to see Lauren and Taylor love the new things they bought (and needed) but also embrace the things they could reuse. They were adamant about not wasting money, which was music to this Mom’s ears. Let’s hope this lasts through their teenage years and beyond!
This week, I was over at Breadwinning Mama where I shared Passing on a Father’s Gift of Financial Literacy. If you haven’t had a chance, I would appreciate you checking out my post and my friend, Kerry’s blog. Also thank you to Money Aware for including me in their Top 10 Online Articles this month.
A Few Good Reads
Enjoy my favorite posts from the past week!
John from Frugal Rules made me stand up and cheer with his post, Teaching Kids about Money: A Call to Action. I agree wholeheartedly that teaching kids about money is one of the best gifts we can give them.
Erin at Broke Millennial talked about Losing My Entitlement. It’s very easy to become entitled (especially when you are young and accustomed to a certain lifestyle, thanks to Mom and Dad) but it is the strong who learn how to thrive on their own.
Vanessa over at Cash Cow Couple shared how she and Jacob have discovered The Art of Contentedness. Love this line, “…being happy where we are, while not forgetting where we want to go.” That sounds like a great life to me.
Taynia at Fiscal Flamingo posed the question, How to Find the Time to Get Out of Debt? I love the answer she stumbled upon from The Art of Nonconformity. Instead of the old stand-by “I don’t have time” say “It’s not a priority” which feels very different. A subtle but powerful switch to keep you moving forward.
Anna from Are Ya Gonna Eat That had a great post on Economag where she boldly suggests that we Screw the Joneses, They Are Not Worth Going into Debt Over. We live in a world where there is a lot of pressure to keep up with those mythical Joneses. The happiest people I know are the ones who live their lives for themselves.
Well, that’s it for this week! I hope everyone has a great weekend!
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