A-to-Z 2015 M is for Money

Money is a gift. You should treat it as such. Don’t waste it on meaningless things. That doesn’t mean you can’t buy a few luxury or self-indulgent items now and then, but if you  are having trouble paying your bills, don’t add to the problem by buying the latest big screen TV. My grandparents lived through the depression, so they saved everything. String, paper, cardboard, aluminum, glass jars, you name it they probably had it somewhere. They didn’t hoard. They shared with their friends and neighbors. If they could save a few pennies here or there, they did. This is being thrifty. Grandma would still buy an occasional bag of her favorite candy. She taught me the meaning of being thrifty and a good steward of my money.

14 thoughts on “A-to-Z 2015 M is for Money

  1. DA Cairns

    Very succinct. However the forces of the commercial world are almost impossible for most people to resist. Money makes the world go around, but as the Bible says, “the love of money s the root of all evil”. I’m still trying to find the right balance between being generous with the gift of money, and being a good steward. Good stewardship is sometimes an excuse for stinginess. Tricky subject, but one of interest to just about everyone.

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    1. shawn

      Thank you. It is very hard to get a good balance. I’m glad you got the quote right. Many people mis-quote it saying that money is the root of all evil and not the love of money. I agree that there is a fine line between thriftiness and stinginess. I have found that if I make a good budget that includes my gifts in addition to my tithe, that works pretty well. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

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    1. shawn

      It would be nice if we had a system where students acquired knowledge and experience, but no debt. Perhaps a combination of work and school? Thanks for dropping by.

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  2. Robin Rivera

    One of the best things about hanging out with other generations is learning about value! Value of money, friends, traditions, etc. Some people just know their self worth is not about what they own, it’s about who they are. And other don’t! If you get to spend time with people who have solid respect for value, it’s a true blessing. Great post!

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    1. shawn

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts! I have always loved spending time with my grandparents and their friends. They are all gone now, but the memories and the stories are still alive.

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  3. Heather C Wright

    Finding the balance can be hard, especially when you are especially strapped for any reason (school debt, under/unemployment, etc). Thriftiness is a value so many aren’t learning these days. It’s kind of sad, because it’s harder to learn later in life if you didn’t see that thrifty example growing up.

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    1. shawn

      I agree, balance is difficult. Most things in life that are worth having or doing, usually have difficulty or challenge associated with them at some point. Thanks dropping by and sharing your thoughts!

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    1. shawn

      The culture of spend, spend, spend has infected the government. If it were a business the stockholders and the banks would demand an accounting. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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