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Keeping up with The Joneses
May 13 2011 02:50 PM | Vicky Collins  in House, Heart, & Home -----
Many of us are spoiled. Two cars, a nice house, fancy clothes, and vacations are all luxuries that we take for granted.

It’s amazing to me how many people can't tell the difference between wants and needs.

Please stop trying to keep up with the Joneses!

One of my good friends was feeling overwhelmed recently. She works full-time, has kids, and a generally busy schedule.

She was complaining about how she has so little time with the kids, and almost no time to herself. She can’t remember the last time she hung out with a friend or read a book.

Ok, I don’t know about you, but for me having money means nothing if I am not enjoying my life.

Here’s the thing about “Mary”. She and her husband have two nice cars, a great house, fabulous clothes and a few expensive vacations a year.

If they just moderately reduced their indulgences, she could afford to work less. I know not everyone wants to stay home with their kids, but she has actually said she wishes she could.

Actions speak louder than words. We have to be careful what subtle messages we are passing onto our kids. Our every day actions are clear indicators of what is important to us.

Find a way to make more time for them, even if it means putting away your cell phone or laptop for the night.

There will come a time when your kids won’t want to hang out with you. Don’t help that time come any sooner than it has to.

Kids may want more stuff, but what they really need is you.

Vicky Collins is a Jersey Girl who relocated to Austin, TX. She has been married to Shawn since May 1996, and they have four children (Caity, Lexie, Kerri, and Jack) and a shelter dog (Mattingly). Through a recipe of discipline and various financial strategies, she has not carried credit card debt since the mid-90's. Vicky preaches to her friends and occasional strangers that it’s imperative for women to understand and be involved in family money matters, and blogs about it at Follow Ask the Mama on Twitter and Facebook.


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