If you're a mom, you've probably had to worry about your finances at least once.
Things are expensive and making sure that your family gets the very best can take a toll on your disposable income. If you're a working mom, there's a good chance that you've worried about money more than other people.
It can be tough to talk about money issues with your friends or other relatives because of how personal the topic is, so we're often left to be anxious in silence when our purse is a bit light for the month.
There's reason to relax a bit, though. The worries surrounding running a family have been with humanity for a long time, and people have come up with a few tidbits of wisdom that will lift your spirits and strengthen your resolve.
Without further ado, let's look at a few thoughts which will leave you feeling invigorated.
Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.
It's easy to get lost in the woods of figuring out how to pay next month's bills rather than stepping back to appreciate what you already have. There's always going to be another bill in the mail next month, but catching a moment with your child could leave you with a memory to brighten your entire life.
Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.
You're worthwhile. Full stop. It doesn't matter how much money you have—even if it seems like it might—so long as you resolve to share your love with your family.
If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.
A lot of our worrying about money seems rational because we can see the expenses down the road coming up fast. Coolidge is right, though. Many worries are just that--only worries.
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.
Every mom sacrifices things for their kids, especially when money is tight. Your family probably won't put these little sacrifices together until years after the fact, but when they do, they'll appreciate your gracious resolve more than words can express.
The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
It's easy to forget that life is a beautiful struggle. Sometimes we can get caught up in the idea that our life should be a perfect cruise on calm seas. Everyone's life has problems which crop up, and that's just fine.
The level path is easy, but it will not bring you to the mountaintop.
Often, our concerns about our budget are a result of spending on things that your family needs to excel, like piano lessons or a test prep tutor. You chose to do these things to offer a challenge which will help lift your child to higher heights. The going may be tougher financially, but you should take refuge in the purposefulness of your parenting.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Your love is free, so give it freely. Your children might miss having the newest doodad for a few weeks, but they'll never have to miss your presence in their life.
You will always be your child's favorite toy.
Who does your child keep coming back to for love, advice, and--last but not least--entertainment? It's you. Even if you're working hard to make ends meet, you'll always be just as important to your family.
Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, has instilled within each of us a powerful, biological instinct to reproduce; this is her way of assuring that the human race, come what may, will never have any disposable income.
It's no secret that running a family is expensive—but we know that it's worth our while.
The most important thing she'd learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.
Worrying about money might drive you to criticize yourself or ask questions about what you could be doing differently to make your financial situation more stable. Pocket the insights from your self-talk, but leave the rest behind. Life is a learning process, and your family knows that you're doing your best.
You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
We use the word "need" in a lot of different ways, but seldom in the literal sense. A lot of the stuff in our lives that seem like "needs" or "must haves" are really just "wants" or "nice to haves". Solving your money issue will take a load off your mind, but the things that make you truly happy are probably free.
Stashing A Dollar Or Two
You're probably on board with weathering the tough times by taking refuge in the positivity of your family. Hopefully, the above quotes gave you a few scraps of extra appreciation for yourself, too.
But extra self-appreciation and love for your family aren't enough to fill your bank account.
Wouldn't it be great to find a little extra money to ease your monthly nervousness?
Cost cutting is one way that most moms have experimented with. Many families jump to skimping on obvious things like going out to dinner or fast food. Others economize by buying products in bulk, or by buying off-brands.
It's undeniable that being frugal helps, as does good budgeting.
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What you do with the extra cash is up to you, but if you're like most moms, you already have something perfect in mind.