Category: Frugal

Raise Frugal Children by Setting the Example

I’m often confused by parents who want their children to grow up with a sense of balance, and responsibility, but then buy their children every item they ever ask for and bend to their every whim. If you are that parent and decide to give everything to your children you never had growing up, great for you! Just realize there may be a trade-off.

I have known adults who have done this to their now adult children and they constantly regret the decision. Now their children are entitled adults and treat them like crap, expecting to still be catered to. And when the elderly parents need help, no one is available to help with even the smallest task. Continue reading…

Oddly Giddy to Pay Down Mortgage Debt

It’s been quite a long week here in our household. We had a few exciting events this week (Monkey’s first winter concert!) and now we’re finally slowing down in our second jobs, as well as going to be off for winter break in another week. I’m thankful that after the fall rush of schedules and responsibilities, the start of winter means a much needed time to reflect, enjoy family, and take a breather before it all ramps up again mid-winter through the spring.

With that, I’ve also been more and more excited on pay day to send money along to the mortgage. While I was hesitant at first thinking if this was the best use for our secondary income, I’m feeling more and more motivated to keep going and knock that huge mortgage number down.

We’re already down over $10,000 since we started… crazy! Continue reading…