Women’s Personal Finance Wednesdays – Week 62
1. Why I Don’t Recommenced No Spend Days A Dime Saved
Since I’ve been a big proponent of No Spend Days (they were integral in getting me to get a much closer handle on our money), I knew I needed to read this one. My own views on them have shifted quite a bit in the time I’ve been tracking our spending, but ultimately they were a key piece of getting intentional with our money.
I’m not sure I agree that no spend days are gimmicks on their face, but they can end up acting that way. The truth is that there are no quick fixes with personal finance or anything else. No spend days CAN be helpful as a kickstart to a change in habits, but they aren’t sustainable over the long run an can end up being just a bandaid and incentive to binge later. Like most things, know yourself, and figure out what works best for you, because personal finance is really dang personal.
2. Why I Learned From My 30-Day Digital Declutter Tiny Ambitions
As a content creator and someone who is online a lot – optionally, like Britt – this was a fascinating read.
I totally relate to her comments about Twitter and wanting to share thoughts there – and like her, my reaction pre-Twitter, and even now, is to share those thoughts with friends via text as well. Pretty much always, I’ve been an over-sharer of (many) thoughts. While the internet and social media isn’t the only thing that makes it possible, it certainly makes it a lot easier. And that isn’t always a good thing.
I’ve toyed with skipping a week or two of blog posting in the past, but I’ve worried that I’d end up stretching that too long if I got off track with my schedule. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I love this blog and want to keep it going for a long time. The idea of a scheduled one month time frame is really intriguing to me though, and one I may implement in the future. A set break makes me think I’d be more likely to jump back on and resume normally after that. I’d really love your thoughts on this one.
3. Why Should Moms Have to Justify Their Choices? Brave Saver
While I didn’t grow up in a Mormon community or in another religion so overly focused on little girls growing up becoming mothers above all else, that pervasiveness seeps into our society as a whole.
Just a couple weeks ago, I was flat out told that women should stay home with their children – while I had my son with me and I was clearly on my way to work.
I find myself justifying enjoying my career and choosing to work, even when people don’t directly ask. The assumption is there, even when it isn’t asked outright. Mothers are expected to be the ones making choices for their families first, and their careers and themselves second.
Mom guilt is real, and it is so frustrating. We should not have to justify our choices, and yet we do it time and time again.
Next time you talk to a mother, or a childfree woman, or a little girl, be aware of the words you choose so perhaps the next generation won’t feel these pressures so strongly.