Financial Lessons We Learned from Our Mothers
This is a guest post by John Gower, a writer for NerdWallet.
For most of us, the first thing we learned about finances from our mothers was the sage wisdom, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” But there is a lot more we can learn from our moms about keeping our financial house in order, after all, moms are often tasked with budgeting, day-to-day spending, and other household financial skills. Here’s a summary of some of the best things we picked up from our mothers.
Starting a home recycling program is a great family activity and a way to teach environmental responsibility to children.
I started with plastic grocery bags (I can never remember to bring in my cloth bags, even though I keep them in the car). I keep about 10 to use in the house for trash bags in individual bedrooms and the bathroom (or other needs). Then, we began drinking bottled water, so I added those bottles from bottled water.
Mother’s Day is all about celebrating moms. But, when the lunches are eaten and the gifts are put away, where do you turn?
Coming off a great Mother’s Day weekend, I wanted to share a few encouraging posts for moms who may be burnt out, worn out, and yelled-out.
signs of mommy burnout and tips to help you avoid it
6 Tips to Overcome Working Mom Guilt
Become the Mom You Want to Be
7 Shortcuts That’ll Take You From Stress to Smiles At Home
Dealing With the Down Days
Download Clever Household Tricks. (affiliate link)
These clever tricks will save you time and free your house of clutter and mess, while using things you are probably throwing out or are collecting dust. Something for everyone in this book, I bet you haven’t heard all these tricks yet.
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“One of the most significant numbers in the Bible is the number 40. Many of the most well known Biblical events can be connected with the number 40. Each time the number 40 appears, God does something huge. Each day people began to hear about the 40 days of prayer and asked to be added to the list, and our prayer circle continues to grow. It was an incredible 40 days that made a huge difference in the lives of everyone involved. I want to share these devotions with you. My prayer is that God will speak to you about changes He wants to make in your life.
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As a busy mom on the go, I am always looking to streamline the number of items I have to carry in my purse. If my cell phone can double as a digital camera, that is one less item to carry and one less item to forget at home. So, when I heard about the Nokia PureView 808, affectionately known as a photographer’s best friend, I was stoked. Continue reading…
Wondering what to get your wife, mom, or best friend for Mother’s Day? If she is a working mom, here are 16 ideas to get you started.
Moms can be hard to buy for. Often, we say we don’t know what we want or we don’t need anything. But, this mom will tell you the truth. Last year, I told you about What Moms Really Want, But Won’t Ask For. I would be happy with anything on this list (and I think my mom would be, too). Each item on this list is a way to treat or pamper mom to a product or service that she probably wouldn’t buy for herself. She’ll be so happy YOU did! Continue reading…
School paperwork is inevitable. With this easy three step plan, you’ll have everything under control in no time.
Whether you have children in preschool, elementary, or middle school, they will come home with papers most every day. From homework to graded papers to school announcements, the papers are always coming in.
Mine often sit on the kitchen counter or my nightstand (waiting to be dealt with). Opportunities missed, dates passed.
With one child in elementary and another in preschool, I decided that I better come up with a system for this sea of papers that seems to pile up. I think the most important thing about keeping the paper piles down is to process them everyday. With this easy plan, you will have the pile whittled down in no time. Continue reading…
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Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation week with some easy and inexpensive ideas to show how much you value your child’s teacher this week.
Today marks the beginning of National Teacher Appreciation Week. Even though my son is in fourth grade, I do not recall participating in this celebration before. In trying to find ideas for my son’s teacher, I learned that the National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) began National Teacher Appreciation Week back in 1984 to “honor the men and women who lend their passion and skills to educating our children.”
As a working mom, I do not have many opportunities to volunteer my time at my children’s schools. But, there are many ways we can express our gratitude for a teacher’s role in the foundation of education. Continue reading…
Moms, do you need to find time for yourself? Here are three easy ways you can use shortcuts to get some much needed mommy time.
Why Moms Need to Make Mommy Time
As working moms, we spend all day in the office earning a living. We need a way to recharge our batteries. We need a release for the stress that has built up concerning finances, schedules, and priorities. When we take the time to renew our minds and bodies, we are able to be better wives, moms, and women.
I know you’re thinking, how in the world am I going to have time for anything else? Continue reading…