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Haves and Have Nots
Posted 9:00 AM on Mon-25-Jun-2012
At what point does having nice things become being spoiled?

The Bloke and I are both from low-middle income kiwi families. Neither of us ever starved, and our respective parents always magically managed to save somehow for school trips and special occasions.

Now, in our mid 30's, The Bloke and I are well aware that we are far better off than either set of parents would have been at our age, and having seen, and been taught sensible money skills right from a young age, I'm finding it a little hard to get my head around the fact that we would be looked upon as 'haves' while other people out there are quite obviously 'have nots'.

Don't get me wrong, it has been a long hard road, we've not just been handed things on a plate, it's all been hard work, teamed with just happening to make some very lucky decisions along the way. Sensible decisions. We have always gone with the sensible route rather than the route of the heart. That was until yesterday.

With 15 years as a couple being spent always doing 'the right thing' and always setting goals, this weekend we changed the rules and bought a new vehicle. I mean brand new. Who would have thought that a couple of kids from a tiny beach town with a trade each under our belts rather than any university degree, would be the kind of people who could walk in to a car yard and be taken seriously when inquiring about the latest man wagons on offer.

Apart from a tv set around 14 years ago, and the odd piece of machinery or equipment for the workshop, we've never paid anything off. We've always saved until we've had the money. I was half expecting the finance ladies computer system to beep at her telling her that these people were unknown in the world of credit.

Growing up with 'not much' has certainly made The Bloke and I set and fulfill goals. I dearly hope that this will rub off on Pocket and The Legend, and that it doesn't have the opposite effect where they think that things come easily because they've lived in a home where there's always been nice things.

Go JO!
Posted by GoMummyJo


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LIVINGLIFE - 9:38 PM on Mon-25-Jun-2012  
Yes my partner and I are careful with money and dont blow it on things we dont need. This allows us to stay in the black, keep fed and clothed and allows the children extra cirricular activities, I was raised by a single dad who worked hard to keep a roof over our head even though it was really hard and he taught us that we need to be careful with money.
MumBum - 10:19 AM on Mon-25-Jun-2012  
Mr Mumbum and I are thrifty by nature, we would rather spend our money on good food for our family than to buy the latest TV or whatever, in fact this came to light when our biggest boy went to a friend's house and asked what was wrong with their TV because it didn't have a tube at the back! We still have the old monster sized TVs in our house because our view is, if it still works why replace it?
Once the TV has decided to give up its ghost however, we will most likely join the flat screen club too.
I too hope that my children see that even when you have money to spend, you still need to be aware that it is a matter of easy come easy go!


   
 
 
 
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