Now, that you have read about my husband’s story, let me tell you a little bit about my story. I come from a family of five children in which I have an identical twin sister. Growing up I was always conscious about how money was spent. At times, my parents would make financial decisions for the family without always having to have a conversation about it. Their actions spoke louder than words.
- We would sit and cut coupons every Sunday after church and dinner.
- I would rarely ever go out to restaurants, because for a family of our size that would mean a bill of $50 or more.
- My mother would shop at thrift stores for our clothing and always try to catch a great sale.
- Most times I was never granted the opportunity of going shopping, unless it was for a special occasion.
You see, although I was young, I could remember consciously be concerned about my parents spending money on me. Believe it or not, I never told my parents about my eighth grade graduation trip to Six Flags Great America; because I knew that my parents would have to buy two tickets. At that time, that would have been about $60 for my twin sister and I. For an eighth grader, $60 was a lot of money. Before, you start to feel bad and shed tears for me, PLEASE DON’T. I have amazing parents that provided for us every day! They worked very hard to provide an amazing childhood for my siblings and I. We valued family time more than STUFF!
As a child, my parents made sure that every Christmas was special. My parents would go all out… and, I mean all out! I cherish those days, because I never felt entitled as a child. I knew that there was nothing that my parents would not give me if they could.
Some may ask how this has affected me as a child, and even as an adult.
- I would save my allowances at 13 years old and spend it at the Dollar Store to buy personal care items.
- At the age of 16, I started working and taking on some of the responsibilities that come with being a teenager. Like, paying for my own car insurance, getting my nails and hair done, and buying clothes for an example.
- When I was 18 years old I came home one day telling my parents to come outside to look at my 98 Ford Contour, that I just purchased on my own.
- At 19 working at a shoe store, I paid my $13000 car off in 13 months.
- I worked part time, while in college, and finished school without taking out student loans.
- I would never have become part of the Double Saving Divas duo.
You see, if it were not for my upbringing, I would not have been able to accomplish these things. I am very conscious of how I spend and save money to this very day. I could remember vividly, my sophomore year in high school, saying to myself, “Whatever, you do…DON’T take out student loans! You can either stress now, and try to figure out how to work hard and pay for school as you go. Or, you can either stress later and work hard, trying to figure out how to pay off student loans while being married, having children and paying a mortgage.” TRUE STORY, I tell you know lie! That very thought is what has kept me trying to find ways to pay for my college education, without taking out one single student loan! Of course, I had the help of my parents, but majority of the responsibility was on me.
If it were not for those talks and examples shown by my parents early on in life, my situation may have been different today. I thank God for my life and I would not change one thing about it. Towards the end of my college days, was when my husband and I reunited. Then the journey of OUR story begins………………….