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Do You Tell Your Children "Yes" Too Often?

Mar 28, 2008
When it seems that so many things continue to rise, but your paycheck is not one of them then you know that adjustments have to be made somewhere. It is so difficult to cut spending when you are already on a budget that is strained to the max. If you are like so many other people these days, you may be wondering what there is left that you can do.

It is difficult to live on a tight budget when you are single, but when you have children it can be especially hard. There are times when their wants and even needs out weigh what we can afford to give them. If everyone was as smart as they should be, we would all wait until our finances are just right before we bring children into our lives, but we all also know that is just not the reality of a lot of situations.

So, how can we make our lives as good as they can be and live within our means at the same time? With kids, it is true that they really love things. They see so many commercials on television and everyone they see makes them want what is advertised. A good solution for that is less television. It is really better for them anyway. Do more things with your children that are free like community sponsored events, going to parks, hiking, camping, and home projects that interest them. Free things can be as much fun for them and help you spend more quality time with than a twenty dollar toy will provide that will be forgotten by next week anyway.

A lot of families spend more money when you make unplanned trips to stores and more especially when you take the kids with you. If you must go shopping for groceries or other things, limit the number of times you go per week and try not to take the kids if you can help it. It will help you get the task done faster and your impulses to spend on things that are not really necessities will be easier if you do not have to tell the kids no constantly. It really does make it easier for you and it will save you money in the long run.

Something that many parents are doing that can be helpful is sharing some of the financial woes with their kids. Not that they need to know all the hairy details, but letting them be a part of saving for something special and setting examples for good spending and saving practices will hopefully help them be good money managers when they are older. It is never too soon to start learning the real value of a dollar.
About the Author
Rachel Yoshida is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of cash advances and payday loans, particularly in the state of Ohio.
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