Growing up, I watched my mom prepare for work: slipping on her business attire, putting on those silky stockings and high-heeled shoes, and applying her make-up. Watching her everyday gave me inspiration. I wanted to be like her when I grow up – a glamorous bank employee.
But, she was much more than that. She was SuperMOM, our hero. I admired her even more when we lost my dad to cancer while my sister and I were very young. She became a widow, a single parent and the sole provider for the family, the breadwinner. Ensuring that our family’s needs were met was no easy task. So this Mother’s Day, allow me to share some of the MANY (there was lot, I tell you) advice my mom gave us about money.
As I grew up, I learned how to handle money wisely and make calculated financial decisions. Between buying CDs of my favorite band group and investing on my first insurance policy I knew what was a priority even at the tender age of 20. As years went by, I became more confident in managing my finances and soon enough, I had the aptitude to discern the financial impact of my decisions now. Today, I never stop learning new things about saving and investing. It is my mom’s gift to me which I intend to pass on to my children. As my mom always say: “You can be anything you want to be.” And I chose to be a wise money manager MOM.
(Originally written by Cristina Calata at http://www.savingstips.com.ph)
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