Friday, June 13, 2008

Frugal Friday 6-13-08

I have a a tip to share that will really help those of you that are living the frugal lifestyle before your children. Many times I wonder if my children 'get it'. We want them to understand why we are choosing to live life differently than those around us. Often I feel like our choices fall on deaf ears.

We have been huge fans and followers of Dave Ramsey. He is discussed frequently in our home. Our oldest is 20 years old. Two of our children are spendthrifts. Money just escapes through their hands. The oldest is one of those spendthrifts. Imagine my surprise when he told me he was halfway there with his emergency fund and was wondering if he could borrow my Dave Ramsey books. Uhh hello? I about fell over! He is in college and we have been trying to get him to see that he can do other things to pay for his college instead of taking out loans. We have preached and preached but then just decided to live our lives and see if they 'get it'.

My frugal tip to all you parents is to not GIVE UP! They do listen to you and more than that they watch what you do! We have been actively living this lifestyle for over seven years. More is caught than taught as my Daddy used to tell me. I would have never dreamed that our oldest would want to jump on the Dave Ramsey bandwagon. He has been the greatest naysayer about this choice of living. I am so proud of him!!

If you would like more frugal ideas check out Crystal's blog at Biblical Womanhood.


BarbaraLee said...

So there is hope? I know some of my kids save but not all of them.

Abbi said...

Great stuff! Love Dave Ramsey! Isn't it funny/sad how uncommon 'common sense' is?!

Nancy said...

Great advice and you are so right.

It was great to visit your blog,

Christian Finances said...

I don't yet have kids, but remembering back to when I was one - I often heard my parents telling me things and I gave them no indication that I was getting it (in fact quite the opposite), but I was getting it. I did actually place a lot of value on what they said, I just didn't show them.

And I think the scripture "train a child in the way he should go, and when he is OLD, he will not depart from it."