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Focus? What focus...

April 4th, 2013 at 04:17 am

It seems that my focus on anything is just not there or anywhere at the moment!!!
I feel like the days are flying by and I am a spectator - have you had that feeling?? It's very strange Smile

On the money front, we "want" so much and "need" so little and there is nothing to spend on the "wants".

DD has been on school vacation and it is driving me crazy - it amazes me how she finds so much that is "missing" from life when she has time on her hands. At the moment, her laptop is not working properly and she "wants" a new one but is not doing too much to add to the savings for the new one???????
So everytime she slows down her contributions, I do too - she gets an allowance which over the past 2 weeks has been spent on DVD's and easter eggs. At this stage she has $72 saved but it could be $102!

I told her that for every $ she saved I would match the savings - huh don't think that helped much! (but only once she has saved a significant amount). But the old saying "if you work you get paid, if you don't work you don't get paid" is at work here. I am NOT going to make this easy for her - have tried to remind her before she spends her money, tried to give her some chores around the apartment but ...

And now that I have written that down, I'm seeing the advantage of this scheme - as long as she doesn't save I get to save more! So lets see what happens.

Okay so that is my moan for the week.

Thanks for listening...

PS we managed 12 no spend days last month Smile

3 Responses to “Focus? What focus...”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Congrats on the no spend days! And I like that you are having your daughter put skin in the game for her new laptop.

  2. snafu Says:

    Motivating teens to act in their own best interest is hugely difficult! Would it help to have a fridge chart with LOST Opportunities & OOPs Spending headings to show her in red that she needs to focus on her long term goal of new computer?

    Sons were 16 when they caught entrepreneurial fever and figured out services they could sell for earnings.

  3. freeme journey Says:

    I think that is exactly what I am going to do:
    List of Chores; Value of Completed Chores; Who earned the $$$$; The Leader
    Maybe then DD will be able to work out what she is losing by not trying harder! Great idea Smile Thanks

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