My grandmother passed away yesterday after a short struggle with cancer. She was diagnosed just a few weeks ago, so things mercifully went quick. She was 95.
Her and my grandfather (who died quite a few years ago) were great influences on me in many ways growing up. I attribute many of my positive money habits to my grandparents. Here are some things that they taught me or helped to re-inforce:
- Debt – My grandparents did not believe in owing people money. I believe that was largely a generational thing, but I grew up watching them buy something only if they had the money for it.
- Savings – My grandparents believed in saving money. Again, they had firsthand experience in the Great Depression. They never had much but they always had money put away.
- Thrift – My grandparents always searched high and low for deals, especially my grandfather. Today I always find myself searching for the best deal and looking for coupons, and I know a lot of that behavior was born watching my grandma and grandpa.
- Saving Pennies – My grandparents got me started on rolling pennies as they’d give me some spare change now and then with instructions that I had to put it in a jar and roll it up every so often (probably when I was getting to be a pest and they needed to give me something to do). I still roll my coins, and in fact, I saved my rolled coins for years and was able to cash in almost $900 in coins which I used to fund a chunk of the engagement ring that I bought for Mrs. Beagle a few years ago. Hard to do that nowadays with everything (including currency) moving more and more digital!
The things I learned from my grandma and grandpa went far and wide and the money areas were only a fraction of the things that they taught me, but since this is a personal finance blog I thought I’d just share a few of those things.
Although I’m sad that my grandma is gone, she had a great life. She was 95 years old and up until earlier this year, she still lived alone with minimal health problems. I’m going to miss her a lot but I’m forever glad that she got to see me got married, and got to see and hold Baby Beagle more than a few times. Those are just a fraction of the memories I will forever cherish, and I’m comforted knowing that she’s now re-united with my grandfather and that I’ll see her again one day in the future.Copyright 2017 Original content authorized only to appear on Money Beagle. Please subscribe via RSS, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or receive e-mail updates. Thank you for reading.