Today is my mom's birthday. She would have been 70 but she passed away 24 years ago when I was 16. I wanted to share some frugal things I learned from her because she taught me so much. I may have made a lot of dumb decisions with money, but I always heard my mom's voice saying what I was doing was stupid. I hope I'm making her proud now. 🙏🏼
1. My mom paid for all her cars in cash! She would save 2k and buy a car and start saving again for her following car. She never leased or financed a car.
2. She never had credit card debt!She paid cash for all her items.
3. She worked three jobs. She worked at a factory from 8:00-4:00 and then she would cook and sell food from home. She also cleaned rich people's houses on the weekends. My job was to windex the windows of those huge houses.
4. On our birthdays, she would cook us our favorite meal and buy us a small cake from the local bakery. There was no money for parties not even when I turned 16.
5. She valued education and drilled that into our head! She knew that education was going to break the cycle of poverty. My brother is a successful doctor now and I'm a teacher. He listened to me and paid off all his student loan debt.
6. She taught me how to cook, iron, clean, and wash clothes by the age of 11. By age 12, I was already cooking meals for our family when she was sick in the hospital.
7. We were so poor that we only went out to eat on Mother's Day or to celebrate her birthday. Sometimes on Fridays, she would treat us to Pizza Hut because she knew we loved going there.
8. My mom did not take crap from anyone! She taught me to be strong, respect myself, and not to be afraid of anyone or anything.
9. She was a great negotiator. Every time our landlord raised the rent, she would negotiate or demand something get fix or changed in our apartment. She was no fool!
10. Finally, the best conversations we had was while she was driving her Dave car on our way somewhere. I encourage you to always talk to your children. Always hug them and give them grace. Teach them to be strong and courageous because after all, you are their first teacher. I miss her dearly💞💐🍃.