Money Tips from My Haitian Mommy
To begin with, growing up my family did not have it great, but we did have it good. This blog post is devoted to money tips form my Haitian mommy. Seems like, my mother is what I like to call, the epitome of sacrifice. While in Vegas this past week, I joked around with my boyfriend. We laughed at some money tips my mom taught my siblings and I. Unfortunately, I realized I did not add these tips to my newly released book “My Money Matters.” Therefore, on a bright note, I have decided to make a dedication. This week’s blog post is all about money lessons my Haitian mommy taught me.
A Mother’s Sacrifice
In addition to the happy memories, I can remember my mother making less than $10 an hour. She provided for a family of five without complaining. There were priorities, therefore there were no lavish vacations or expensive outings. Church, home, work, and repeat was mom’s weekly routine. However, we made the best of our life. Almost every month we went to Miami and visited family down south. Life was pretty much okay.
I thank God for blessing me with the talent of braiding hair at a young age. I starting making my own money at age thirteen by braiding hair. By fifteen I had my first car. That felt great. Along with being able to buy lots of McDonald’s Big Mac’s and 7 Eleven slushies, I had to pay bills. “You are running up my light bill. I need $60 per month if you are going to be doing all this hair.” Aww man. I felt like my mom hated me. What felt like the biggest burden, has turned into a blessing. Pay bills before spending on wants.
Haitian Mommy Money Lessons
- Save, save, and save some more.
- Say you don’t have money for yourself ( I don’t do this)
- Help a brother or sister in need.
- Pay your tithes and God will take care of you.
- Save and invest safely (I take some moderate risk)
- Eating out on holidays, birthdays, and graduations only.
- Prepare and plan for big purchases.
- Save to buy a home.
- Buy cheap cereal (corn flakes) it lasted longer
- Go to school and get a good education,
- Become a nurse or laywer ( I did this eight years after high school)
- Whatever you want, go for it
Consequently, I realized early on I wanted more. These lessons serve as a great foundation. I have formed my own philosophies. My life has to be more meaningful. I want to spend my time working on my passions. Where is the freedom of the American dream? I know I was born to do more than pay bills and die broke. What do you think?
Here are some pics from my Vegas trip. This trip gave me a new outlook on life.
I want to be able to live a happy life of abundance and help others to do the same.
Join me on this prosperity journey.
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