Financial (and Life) Lessons I Learned as a Kid

How much does it cost to raise happy children who go on to be productive citizens? My husband and I decided not to be parents since our few surviving houseplants have to spell out H2O — like the Village People dancing to YMCA — just to get water. However, since I was a child once, I remember many of the things that my parents did for me that made a lasting impression. Not surprisingly, many of them were free or inexpensive. Here are seven activities to consider and what they meant to me.

Going to work with each of my parents

My mother was an educator and my father owned a sign company. They each put my sisters and I to work through the years. I learned to see my parents through


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7 Responses to Financial (and Life) Lessons I Learned as a Kid

  1. Christi Stewart says:

    Reading this reminded me of the Christmas list my friend Sabriya and I made up recently for her almost one-year-old Zoe, who’s current favorite toy is an empty baby wipe bag. The list included things like a wire coat hanger, an empty kleenex box, a brillo pad, etc. I think it’s such a good sign that Zoe apparently won’t have anything to do with the flashy, expensive toy a relative bought her!

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  6. Bill Seebeck says:

    I’d like to use the picture of the swinging kids in an advertisement for sfety in rdiologic imaging. where did you get it and/or can I have permission to use it? Thanks,

  7. pfadvice says:

    The image credit is at the bottom of the article with link.

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