Money Lessons From Mom

by Dan Caplinger

My mom passed away 10 years ago. She never had the chance to meet her granddaughter, but she did leave a valuable inheritance for my daughter and our entire family for generations to come.

Before you jump to the wrong conclusion, Mom wasn’t rich. Like many people her age, she had a decent-sized nest egg that she fussed and worried over in her retirement years, especially when after her 70th birthday her battle with cancer forced her to stay at home. As it turned out, her savings proved sufficient to cover her own expenses with something left over for my brother and me.

The most valuable thing Mom passed along was not the money, but the lessons she taught us about money and its importance in living a well-balanced life. These are lessons we’ll pass along to our children and hopefully they’ll do the same.

Inheriting good sense
A kid and his money are soon parted, especially when there are toys and other temptations to be had.

And so it was in our household. But Mom let me make my own financial mistakes as a child, and by doing so she achieved the far greater goal of giving me a healthy skepticism about overhyped products and the people who tried to sell them to me.

From Star Wars figures to deferred-load mutual funds, Mom somehow got me to appreciate my own ability to manage my money and was more and more confident in me as time went by.

As the years go by, I never stop learning new things about money and investing. It’s that desire for knowledge that is my mother’s greatest gift. If you have the drive to learn, you can do anything you want with your money.

From my mom to you (or yours)
I fondly think back on many things my mom used to pound into my brain. Let me share some of her wisdom:

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