Mother’s Day is a time to be thankful for the moms that raised us. The impact that moms have on our lives is never-ending. And some are lucky enough to have money-savvy moms that taught them well!
As we celebrate moms everywhere, let’s explore some tidbits of financial wisdom that some lucky children heard from their mothers. You never know what you might learn!
Here are some money lessons to make you think this Mother’s Day.
1. Look after the pennies
Thomas Fultz, Founder, and CEO of Coffeeble, shares that:
“My British mom always used a classic British saying when teaching me about money; ‘Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves.’
“This was just a way of saying, make sure you are careful and concentrate on saving small amounts of money, and you’ll soon amass a large amount. Teaching me that consistent small work can lead to something bigger – something that is applicable to many things as well as finance.”
The advice has led Thomas to be a successful businessman with a solid financial footing.
2. The art of delayed gratification
It can be tempting to give in to your desires immediately. After all, if you have the ability to buy a new device or splurge on a dinner out, why not make the purchase? Unfortunately, this mindset can lead to a short-term attitude that can push off long-term financial goals such as building an emergency fund or saving for retirement.
Charles McMillian’s mother taught him the art of delayed gratification. Throughout his life, his mother has helped him to curb his impulse decisions with the powerful knowledge that they can turn into something greater over time.
McMillian shares that thanks to this lesson of delayed gratification, he has the financial flexibility to work in his own business and secure his family’s financial future.
3. Everything is negotiable
As we navigate life, many of us believe that prices are set in stone. But Ankita Terrell’s mother taught her differently with the lesson that:
“everything, and I mean everything can be negotiated.”
Throughout the years, Ankita has been able to save so much money on unnecessary fees. With this money mindset, anyone could stand to save.
4. Frugal can be fun
Linda Hobbis’ mother grew up during World War II. Although it is hard to imagine, the era was filled with ration cards and dangerous times.
Out of that experience, Linda’s mother became a very frugal lady and taught her daughter that there is no shame in being frugal. In fact, Linda’s mom taught her how “learning to ‘make, do and mend’ can actually be fun.”
As Linda’s own children grow up, she is teaching them the power of reusing. Hobbis shares:
“I teach my children that we all have limited resources and reusing is good for us and the planet.”
5. Always save something
Jacqueline Sanchez learned the simple lesson of saving something from every paycheck from her mother. The amount itself was less important than the action of always setting something aside for the future.
“When it comes to spending money on family trips, restaurants, or investing, I don’t stress out because I already have a budget for all those activities.”
All that saving has led to a combined net worth of over $800,000 with her husband. Plus, she has been able to share her knowledge with other parents at Parent Portfolio.
6. Keep an emergency fund on hand
Kelly Maxwell’s mom taught her to keep an emergency fund on hand. With a few months of expenses on hand, Kelly learned that she could breathe easier.
In fact, she still maintains an emergency fund to this day. Maxwell shares:
“It has helped me between jobs in the past when I was young, as you never know when you’re going to need it.”
7. Try out a side hustle
Although the idea of a side hustle might seem like a new thing, side hustles in many forms have been around for decades.
“Seeing her working on multiple income streams engrained a strong work ethic in me, as well as the idea that you can accelerate your debt repayment, savings, or investments by picking up freelance work.”
“by seeing her and even helping her with these jobs, side hustles were a normal part of life and essential to getting ahead. Because I watched her balance side hustles and kids, I now do the same.”
Over the years, Williams has tried multiple side hustles, including freelancing, Etsy shops, and blogging at Debt Free Forties. The money she’s made through side hustles has allowed her to pay off debt like student loans, hospital bills, and put more towards retirement.
8. Avoid credit card debt
Credit card debt is a trap that many Americans fall into. In fact, Americans carry an average of $6,194 in credit card debt, according to Experian. As high-interest debt, it can be difficult to dig your way out of credit card debt.
Luckily for Avery Kingstad, his mom taught him to avoid any credit card debt by never spending more on a credit card than he had in his bank account. With that advice, he made an effort always to pay off his credit card in full.
That financial decision allowed him to avoid the trap that so many of us fall into.
9. Invest in yourself
Those words of wisdom are the reason why she was “never afraid to invest money in useful education and tools to improve my business.” In time, that led to becoming a successful photographer with the means to invest in her business along the way.
10. Don’t go grocery shopping on an empty stomach
It’s no secret that grocery shopping can take a large chunk out of your money budget. Aga Cejrowska’s mom taught her to never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. Cejrowska explains:
“When you are craving something to eat you will overbuy and purchase stuff that will go to waste. Everything looks tasty so you get three kinds of cheese, two packs of cookies, three bags of chips, etc. You won’t eat that, you don’t need that. That is a waste of money.”
This practical mindset has allowed Cerjowska to move through life without letting her grocery budget run rampant.
The money lessons taught by these outstanding moms can help to guide your money journey. If you had a parent teach you about the key features of financial literacy, you are already ahead of the curve.
What lessons did your mother teach you about money? Share in the comments!