I would like to think that for our age, Connor and I do pretty well financially. We of course, have our ups and downs and moments of financial stress and penny-pinching, but we always pull through. I was taught at a young age the importance of hard work to earn money and save, which was sometimes difficult as a child when I would want to buy a new barbie doll that day rather than save for a car that I would get in ten years. Nevertheless, I always followed the rule of putting half of what I earned into savings, and sure enough, by my sixteenth birthday, I had a car. It wasn’t the most beautiful and expensive one on the road (read: ’91 Honda Civic Hatchback spray-painted black), but it got me around town and took me to hang out with friends. Something about earning what you have is really fulfilling, which is why I sometimes shake my head when parents go out and buy their children brand new cars for their 16th birthday. I sure as heck won’t! When you earn things yourself, and you take the time and do the work to earn that thing, you treat it better. And even if you don’t, it is still a confidence boost knowing that you did it on your own.
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 07/23/2013
Yet another weekend in Spokane! Connor got Friday off from work so we headed out Thursday night. It sure makes for a long weekend when you get one extra day. I wish it was a permanent deal! Instead, he starts working 50 hours next week. Poor guy. But we have been working really hard to end the school semester in a good way. Paid off all our loans and saving every extra penny so we can get a new car in a few months. Then, hopefully we can start saving for a house! I thought it would be really hard for me to save money instead of spend it, but because we are working together on our goals and priorities, it has made it much easier, even as a shopaholic.
Posted by Shaleesa Mize on 04/14/2013