It is Mother’s Day and today, like all days, I am immensely missing my mom. In honor of my Mom, I wanted to share with you some of the best bits of advice she shared with my sister and me.
My mom was a pretty interesting person, and I miss her every single day. She was fun, dynamic, smart, good with money and full of great advice. My sister and I quote her a lot. And, she was actually always right.
Here are some of the morsels that come to mind almost daily:
1. Get an education. My parents were both firm believers in a good education. It is one of the few means by which we can better ourselves and our families.
2. Get a job and don’t expect a man to take care of you. There are no guarantees. Have your own money and your own independence. That way, you can take care of yourself if something happens to your husband.
3. Spend your money on good healthcare (dentist, eye doctor, physician) and good shoes. Other things aren’t as important.
4. It doesn’t matter what you eat tonight. You won’t remember tomorrow.
5. As long as you are dressed appropriately, it doesn’t really matter what you wear. No one will be looking at you. Instead they are worried about what they look like.
6. Put your money into a good house and modest, dependable car.
7. Always save for a rainy day.
8. If you see change on the ground, pick it up! It’s free money!
9. Always ask for a discount when buying something.
10. Be sure you pay your own way.
11. Only take as much luggage as you can carry when you travel. Don’t expect anyone else to help you.
12. Never play the stock market.
13. Always keep your gas tank on full. You never know when you might need to run somewhere in an emergency.
14. Recycle, reuse and repurpose. My mom was the original recycler. For a post inspired by her many uses for Walmart bags, click here.
I wish my Mom was here so that I could thank her for all the great advice. I did listen!