Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Taking Care of the House

This blog has several purposes (for me).

1. I want to encourage others to take control of their financial futures.
2. I want to give/share tips about basic home economics.
3. I want to keep friends and family up-to-date in my life.

I feel pretty confident that this can be accomplished.

I'm still playing around with the dates to send out what. Please bear with me as I find the best way. Also, if you really have the desire, share your ideas. Right now, Mondays are the Money Tip (going through the emotional money journey). Tuesdays are the Money Task (a physical action to help you on the journey). Fridays are for family updates (stick around, summer gets really interesting with our group). Ummm. I'm still winging the rest.

Something that I have shared with family and co-workers is the idea that high schools need to make a mandatory home economics course. Before everyone gets visions of souffles in their heads, it's not what you think. I'm talking about teaching basic finances, basic car maintenance, basic home maintenance, and personal health. Today's high school children are having problems with balancing their checkbooks and understanding that NOT paying off the credit card IS a problem. Oh let's be honest here, it does not just apply to high school children. How many people understand the basics of their car? Sometimes, the best place to start is admitting that you do not know how to do something.

I will start. Cleaning is not something that comes naturally in my original family. We cleaned because my family moved (my dad is retire Air Force). I completed Army basic training, but it's not like we were told how to clean and keep it on this task(to quote one of the Drill Sergeants, "You are girls, so I don't have to show you how to clean." Boy, did he get a big surprise at the first inspection.) Cleaning wasn't something that worried my ex. His idea was to hire a housekeeper.

Money was something that my Papa discussed with me, but really didn't take root. I have learned a lot over the years. I'll blog more about this on Mondays.

Basic home maintenance was not an issue because we were always moving. I learned a little with the townhouse. Well, it is safe to say that B and I are still learning. I am better than B about car maintenance - thanks to my Uncle Lester and the first red car.

So on Wednesdays, I will be giving out tips, advice, lessons learned about Basic Home Econ. If it seems to simple for you, I am glad. It means someone cared enough to teach you that lesson.

Failing to plan IS planning to Fail.

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