Giving up my shopping habits was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. I’d be lying if I said there weren’t times I sat at the mall nearly rocking back and forth while Tom tried on a few new outfits he wanted my opinion on. Every fiber of my being told me to get up and start filling my arms with new clothes to try on! Shopping had become a crutch, a coping mechanism, and quite literally an addiction. I did that really rare thing where I went cold turkey, but let’s be real, that hardly ever works. So, if you are someone hoping to start small by cutting back and maybe upping the 0’s in your bank account, here are 5 crazy simple, and totally rewarding ways that you can do exactly that!
If your kids are anything like mine, they basically came out of the womb with an entrepreneur spirit and a desire to make money. Then again, maybe you’re hoping to inspire them or spark an interest in the idea of making independent money. After all, as parents, the last thing we want is for our kids is to get stuck in some dead end job that they hate. Making money independently has been one of the best things I have done for myself and I have always encouraged my kids to do the same. Now, I’ve put together a list of ideas on how your wannabe kid entrepreneur can start making money. Quick note: instead of giving you a giant list of things kids can do to make money independently, I am going to put together a shorter, more detailed list so you actually have an idea of how to help get them started!
The title of this post is totally misleading, but I think it’s important to hype my kids up and give them credit where credit is due. Unfortunately for our older children we didn’t get our financial shit together in time to be of much service when it came to smart money management. When we finally decided to stop being broke and figure out our money issues once and for all, we also set the intention to help our younger two be better with money than we had been. Here is the super simple game plan for what we did to help our children learn money management, generosity and delayed gratification.
If you’ve been hanging around here for a while, you know that at one point our family was drowning financially. We were living in a house that we couldn’t afford, had medical bills piling up and had totally maxed credit cards. For a while, while we worked to dig ourselves out of debt I didn’t allow myself to have any fun or do any travel. This left me feeling defeated, depressed and kind of made me forget what living was actually all about. Finally, I decided it was time to make small changes wherever I could to make travel a little more accessible for me and my family. If you have found yourself in a similar bind, here are my 5 biggest recommendations for living a little more wanderlust even if you are short on funds.