RICH MOM POOR MOM - Inspirational
The TIME that you give your Kids is FREE
Let's get a bit "old fashioned" for a second. Just hear me out because in this current economy, everyone is looking for ways to "cut corners" financially. Whether you are rich or "not so rich" the same problem is hitting families all over the world. Some of the wealthier one's have much more to lose, so they are holding on to whatever they have too. No one is completely safe from financial "ups and downs" that are happening daily.
Now is the best time for change and by doing a few things you will impact your kids in an amazing way.
As a parent it has been hard to cut corners because my children were used to spending a bit more money on toys that they often forgot about. As they got a bit older and the economy changed, it seemed to give me the chance to set new rules which I think are good for them. One of the things I have done has given them more chances to earn some cash around the house by doing chores. They also know now that they can only spend whatever they earn or are given by family members on frivolous products. Ofcourse I will still buy them things once in a while, but now they have to think about wasting their own cash. I have seen them make amazing choices because of this and they have even walked out of toy stores without buying a thing!
I know, why torture myself in toy stores? Well, it has been a great learning lesson for them and they have both saved up a lot of money from actually thinking about their choices.
Another big issue for us was eating out at various places like Subway, a local Mexican place and other favorite restaurants. I always notice that the kids get hungry when we are on the run, so now I pack my bag with loads of goodies and "voila" the kids do not even notice! I also always make sandwiches to bring along too. This has actually been easier when we are out because we no longer have to wait in line! Now, the kids actually say that they would rather eat at home then stop somewhere. This has been such a time and money saver and we really enjoy our picnics together! If we are in a public place where there are lots of people eating, we will still buy some things to add to our "deluxe mommy made lunch with love!"
A friend of mine who is married to a financial broker admitted to me that she was going to try it my way and she was so happy to report that her kids were much happier and less moody! Why should kids have to wait so long for food if they can have it right there without a fuss. PLUS it is made with love and much healthier. How can you beat that?
If you would like to save money eating out, Subway and Target are inexpensive and quick. You can order a foot long sub at Subway for $5.00 right now and split it between two kids. Target is so cheap that there are plenty of snacks or meals you can get too. Most of the time we do not order drinks and the kids are happy with water because they know that sugar drinks are bad for them and they never drink the whole thing anyway. You know how many soda cups we have thrown out that were more then half way full? Discussing these things have also made the kids more aware of healthy choices and I'm proud of them when they decide not to order a Coke or Sprite and are happy with water with their meal.
Another important money saver has been the local library. The kids love to go there now and read for a while while they pick out books. You would be amazed at what libraries offer now for children. One other thing that we were spending too much money on was video games, but with so many on-line adventure games who needs to pay $40.00 for a DS game or a Wii game? We own all the platforms and they are no longer in use. My son has been on an on-line game called www.maplestory.com for months now and it is FREE. He is 9 and my nephews are a bit older, but they all enjoy it. There are options to buy NEXON cards at local stores for cash to use on the game, but that is up to you. I let my son buy a $10.00 card once a month. That is a lot cheaper then buying a new game or two and I also limit his time on the computer. Most of the time he only plays on the weekends. Everyone knows that too much time in front of computer games is not a good thing for kids or adults. I usually put the kitchen timer on for half hour game times. Another on-line game that was good for my younger one who is 6 is called www.clubpenguin.com. Both of my kids enjoyed this for free for a long time. We did buy memberships for a few months (about $6.00 per month), but they eventually tired of it. There are so many games on-line now so it would help to research some. I tell you, Maple Story has saved me lots of money and has kept my son occupied for months now.
Remember now is the time to indulge your children with "family adventures" and help them to find other ways to be creative without spending lots of money. We have started doing more art at home and sometimes go down to the local high school track to run together in the mornings and we talk about fitness. Sometimes I take my son to play basketball at a local school or we go down to the beach to hang out for a while. Now is the time to make a difference in your child's life and instead of running around spending money on "distractions," give them more attention and time. Who could beat that?