Spring is finally here. The birds are chirping,flowers are blooming and money is growing on the trees. (At least that’s what my kids seem to think). Now that the school year is drawing to a close, it seems as though every day is another opportunity for extra spending. Every August, we are prepared to spend extra money on back to school items like backpacks, new clothes, pencils and paper, but we always seem to forget the end of the school year items.
Field trips, dances, fund-raisers and teacher gifts are just a few of the extras that seem to pop up out of nowhere. It’s these little items that add up and bust our carefully planned budget.
There were other expenses this month including: a Confirmation dress, gift and party, four birthdays, with gifts and parties, and Mother’s Day gifts. All of these events were budgeted for, but the parties ended up costing a little more than we thought. Okay, maybe a lot more. So now we are just saying no. It’s pretty easy to say no to some things, but much harder to say no to things we normally wouldn’t. Actually, our kids are faced with a horrible reality. You must get a job to earn money to pay for the extra things you want.
Yes, I know, this is different from doing without and cutting back, but since they can’t seem to visualize that concept, we are resorting to the tactic that worked for our parents and many parents around the world. Helping our children grow up and face the reality of the world. Hard work pays off.