22 August 2013

Day 22. Something you wish you hadn’t done in your life.

Gotten a credit card.

My parents were very fiscally responsible, or at least my mother was. My dad had (maybe) a third grade education, and had to work harder than I can imagine to make a living for me and my stay-at-home mom. She managed the money, and although I didn’t have a lot of things I wanted, nothing I needed was ever an issue. As far as I know, she never juggled a bill. We never had to wait until payday to go to the grocery store. I went to four years of private school from 3rd – 7th grade.

They say if you can’t be a good example, be a dire warning. I hope my kids will see the stress it puts on a family to try to spend their way to prosperity and be more like my Depression-era parents.

2 comments:

Suzanne Shumaker said...

Very good advice. And perhaps being an imperfect example has advantages over being a good one - don't some things skip a generation? Let's hope so.

Veronica Gantley said...

I went straight from high school to work. I went to college when my daughter was 8 months old and graduated when she was 10. I to wish I did it fresh out of high school. These decisions make us who we are. It was just a detour.