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Top 15 Tips My Parents Taught Me

The Today Show did a series called, “Top Tips My Parents Taught Me”. Apparently Savannah Guthrie’s mother taught her how to make a bed with crisp hospital corners. I’m kind of jealous. The older I get the more I appreciate a well-made bed. Unfortunately, Andre could care less about that and making the bed is a constant point of conflict for us. If we apply the last person up makes the bed rule, he’d be making it 99% of the time since I have become an early riser. And he has protested...

Anyway, that’s a topic for another post. Instead in this post I am going to list, in no particular order, tips that my parents have taught me about life.

Top 15 Tips My Parents Taught Me

  1. Get your education. It's the one thing that nobody can ever take from you.
  2. Save your money, at least 10% from each pay check. (Code: We love you, but won't be supporting you for life.)
  3. Buy a home. That's the key to building wealth.
  4. Take care of your siblings. They will turn into lifelong friends.
  5. Figure out how to stretch your money far--shop for deals, use coupons, and go for substance. Money is hard to earn, but easy to spend.
  6. Don't spend time trying to impress people that don't matter.
  7. Don't be phony.
  8. Don't do anything to embarass your grandparents.
  9. Be kind to others.
  10. Go to church. (I'm not as good as practicing this as I could be.
  11. Keep your word.
  12. Work hard.
  13. Don't buy things you can't afford.
  14. Don't co-sign loans for people and don't loan money you can't afford to lose. (Also, we won't co-sign loans for you.) If they need a co-signer they can't afford it. If you can afford it and would like to lend them money, you should. However, co-signing is fraught with risk that you don't need.
  15. Love your parents!

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