First let me say a huge thank you to the commenters on my recent 5 Financial Lessons from my Childhood post. The comments are really encouraging and very much appreciated.
One comment in particular struck a nerve and actually reminded me of something I had forgotten about. Cameron over at SSDD (Save Splurge Deny Debt) commented about a “rough stretch” in his childhood where money was “pretty tight”.
This reminded me of a similar rough patch my family underwent. To be honest it wasn’t all that rough, at least not from my perspective, which is why it probably didn’t stick out when I first wrote about my early financial lessons.
I do remember my dad sitting us down and explaining that our finances would be tight for a while. He told us the company he worked for wasn’t doing well and as a result we’d need to cut back.
Two lessons came out of this experience; the first was of the ‘don’t do what I did’ variety and the second, well it was a lesson that went far beyond the financial.Continue reading →