My Mother is an amazing woman: Strong, ethical, smart and financially savvy. I honestly believe that I would not be the thrifty, financially smart woman I am today if not for my Mother. One of the purposes of my blog is to pass on a lot of my knowledge to help others live healthier, greener and thriftier lifestyles. But if it wasn’t for these four things I learned from my Mom, this blog would probably not exist. She taught me….
1. To be thankful.
Growing up, we didn’t have a whole lot. But my Mother always taught me to be thankful for what I do have, and appreciate it all the more. Now that it is my turn as a Mother, I am doing my best to instill these values into my own children.
2. To be smart with my money.
It takes some ingenuity to provide for a family of five on a meager budget. My Mom turned it into an artform. She was a thrift store shopping, yard “saling”, cooking and gardening QUEEN! She involved me in these activities and taught me much of what I know now about saving money and living a frugal lifestyle.
3. To live healthy, simply.
Despite the fact that we were on such a meager budget, she still made sure we were living healthy. We had a garden, took herbal supplements and did our best to live naturally. It wasn’t about taking medical drugs to stay healthy, but about living a preventative healthy lifestyle in order to avoid illness. Today I am more focused on living healthy than ever, and am passionate about helping others do the same.
4. To be self-sufficient.
We lived in a harsh environment in Massachusetts, with very little work to be had for my Father during the Winter months. But we survived it all through my Mother preparing and making sure we were as self-sufficient as possible. When my husband and I both lost our jobs, I had to do something to change our lives. Though we did end up on Food Stamps at the time, I was not content with that. I needed to make us self-sufficient and turn our lives around. I did that through grocery couponing, meal planning, and starting a website. Thank you Mom for making me the woman I am today! I love you with all my heart, and am so thankful for how you raised me!
I’m partnering with Valpak.com to celebrate Moms all week long. I hope you’ll hop over and check out my other articles over there. I talk about everything from dealing with feelings of inadequacy as a Mother, to how to actually get your kids to eat their greens.
What are some of your favorite things that you learned from your own Mother? You can leave a comment by clicking here.