When I was young, parents (at least MY parents) never discussed money. It was only when I took over my elderly mother's finances that I discovered they had paid cash for cars, rented from inlaws while saving to buy their modest home for cash, invested in stocks, & paid all credit cards in full each month. When my father's salary increased, he saved the extra until he had enough to buy a $1000 CD (certificate of deposit) several times/year. It took decades for me... (click title for more info)
to learn good money habits on my own. Don't discuss specifics with children, but when opportunities arise, teach them the pitfalls of credit card spending, benefits of saving & investing, bargain hunting, & good money management skills. And above all, practice what you preach.
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All things change, constantly; the weather, moods, relationships, and the habits we are picking up or dropping. What you do over time, whether you are aware of it or not determines what you will be doing later! Sit and watch TV and "exercise" will get harder to start or maintain.
Look at your day-to-day habits and where they came from. Often we do things as we were taught as children and they may or may not be good for us now. Yes, brushing one's teeth twice a day is a good idea but "dessert" after dinner may not be? They are all just habits; stay aware!
Sign up for a charity run/walk/bike ride. Make sure that the event is a couple of months in the future, and that what you need to accomplish (eg. run 5K, walk 10K, bike 10K) is beyond what you can do now. That way, you need to work at it consistently (C25K program, for example) for the period of time in order to achieve the goal - and since you are raising money on the premise of doing this, it's hard to back out.
Once the event is done, you have established a healthy habit, and raised money for a good cause.
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