Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Money Isn't The Most Important Thing- But It Is Important
I don't know about you, but finances is often a topic of discussion in our home. Not enough money, too many bills, need more money, how can we save more money, money this, money that, etc, etc. Money isn't a topic many of us enjoy (unless maybe you have it and in that case- I accept donations, lol). We don't talk about how much debt we have if we have it because we are embarrassed Debt, to me, means we were stupid. We have made mistakes with our money. We have learned from those mistakes and are now digging ourselves out of that pit. We are slowly making an upward climb and that is all we can really do.
Is it A LOT? No. We don't have student debt. We do have a mortgage, car payments, and a credit card that we are paying off. I know these are hard times. A lot of people have debt so I shouldn't be so embarrassed to talk about it. I think my embarrassment is mostly because I was raised by parents who taught me to save, save, save. They are smart with their money and have been able to buy their cars without taking out loans. They took us on family vacations, we were in sports, took music lessons, etc. These are all things I thought were normal and attainable for everyone. This is what I want for our kids too. But not all of us are wealthy and so we need to learn how to be smart with the money we do have.
I find myself wondering how much debt other people have. How do we compare to everyone else? I mentioned this topic on Twitter and a couple of you suggested that I write a post about it. I'm nervous to post this but I'm hoping that by opening myself up to talking about this, some of you will too.
If you feel comfortable with leaving a comment (even if it's anonymously) to share how you feel about this, I would love to hear it. How much debt do you have, if any?