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Money Isn't Everything
Feb 26 2011 08:00 PM | Vicky Collins  in House, Heart, & Home -----
Having money seems to be the ultimate goal for so many people. They think if only they had a million dollars, then their life would be perfect.

Well, I am here to tell you they are wrong. Money hasn’t and never will buy happiness.

Some of the happiest people I have ever met live in a small town in Spain. They live in tiny apartments, have no cars and wear the same outfit for days in a row.

But, they are surrounded by family and friends and are almost insulated from the big, bad materialistic world.

They get joy every day from simple things like going for a walk after a meal or picking cucumbers from their garden.

I have been up and down the financial ladder throughout my life, so I feel somewhat qualified on this topic. Here is what I have concluded.

Not having enough money can make things challenging, but there gets to a point where more is not necessarily better.

Having enough money for food, shelter, clothes and the basic necessities is truly all you need.

Stop putting so much emphasis on money and what it can buy you.

Focus on things that really matter-your family, good health, faith, great friendships, and doing things that you enjoy in life.

None of those cost a dime.

So, next time you feel like complaining because you can’t buy a fancy new purse... take pause. You may find everything you need to make you happy has been there all along.

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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Doreen Kukral 

28 February 2011 - 04:54 PM
Vicky - great article!... and I absolutely agree! It sometimes takes some personal convincing that I don't need "more", "better" or "newer" but when I truly evaluate my life, exactly what I have is all I really need!
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