My mom is truly one of my best friends in the whole world. She’s always been a person I can rely on. I’ve learned so much from her over the years, and in honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share with you what she’s taught me about money and life.
When I was growing up, we didn’t have a lot of extra money for things. We didn’t take any fancy vacations. But I never felt like I was deprived. My mom taught me how to appreciate what I have, to have fun using my imagination. And she encouraged me to believe that I could be anything I wanted to be. (Although I bet “Blogger” never crossed her mind at the time!)
Here are a few of the lessons my mom taught me:
How to find the best clothing bargains. My mom is the QUEEN Of finding good deals on clothing. She knows where to find the best deals, whether there’s a coupon, and what to look for when shopping for clothing. I’ve learned to look for quality construction and finishing when it comes to everything from kids jeans to purses. No sense buying something for dirt cheap if it’s just going to fall apart in the wash!
Girls can fix stuff. My mom was a stay-at-home mom, and my dad worked a ton of hours. If stuff needed painting or repairs, my mom often took care of it. She showed me that I could tackle DIY projects just as well as any guy. Of course, that doesn’t mean I like to do these projects…. it just means that I know I can!
How to live within my means. My mom encouraged me to stay away from putting things on plastic, and to make positive money decisions that allowed me to stay within my means. When I wanted to go to a private university to complete my bachelor’s degree, she told me that I would have to figure out a way to pay for it. So I did! With scholarships, the private school ended up being cheaper than the state public school I was also considering!
How to spoil grandchildren. My mom is amazingly good at spoiling her grandchildren. From occasional treats to quality time spent with them to providing for fun experiences like swimming lessons, my mom is awesome! She reminds me that I need to remember to have fun and be silly with my kids. I hope I get to spoil my own grandchildren the same way one day.
Read. Read. Read. My mom is an avid reader. She often jokes that she’ll read the backs of cereal boxes if she’s bored enough. She reads just about anything and everything and she’s inspired me to do the same. The more you know, the more tools you have to help you make good decisions.
How to be a stay-at-home mom. When I was a punk-mouthed kid, I told my mom I was never going to be a “kept woman” like she was. (Wasn’t I awful?) But after having children of my own, I totally understood why she was a stay-at-home mom and that just because she was home it didn’t mean she wasn’t working. I’m grateful that she’s been a positive role model for me as a stay-at-home mom. I think I’m a better mom (and wife!) because of her influence.
There are many more lessons she’s taught me, but it’s time to log off and spend time with my family. I’m not sure if she’ll read this or not, but if she does, I hope she knows how much I love her.
Happy Mother’s Day!