Weston's Money Upbringing


Mr. Kingsley: “Treat yo self”
Like Makenzie, I don’t remember ever feeling poor. My parents have always made good money, or at least it felt that way. I grew up with two older sisters and my parents paid for college for each of us, and as far back as I can remember, that was how everything worked. We were definitely very blessed.
However, of the little I do remember (horrible long term memory here), one of the things I remember most was our bi-annual trips to Tennessee to visit family. I’ll always remember when my sisters and I were young (and we drove all 16 hours both ways, twice a year) my mother would pack snacks, drinks, and some meals. The funny part to me now, is that we would pull over into a McDonalds or Burger King and open the trunk and eat our sandwiches and drink our Capri Suns while my father would go inside and get food for he and my mother.
I bring up this story really for one reason: of the things I learned from my parents about money, one of the most memorable was just because you have it doesn’t mean you need to spend it.
My parents were poor when they first got married (just like everyone else), but once they started to make pretty good money they didn’t “go crazy”; they always seemed to be very wise with their cash. We made that 16 hour drive 4 times a year until I was in high school, or close to it. They had the money to fly us up there, but instead they braved the trip for a long time (despite our very convincing arguments) since it was so much cheaper.
In college, my parents paid for everything for me. I was given money to pay all my expenses each month (rent, food, fun, etc) and they paid tuition as well. It was awesome. Even though I had to make a dreaded phone call to Pops asking for a little more money a handful of times, it wasn’t until this point that I learned what budgeting was and how to make my dollars go the furthest.
Fast forward to now, money is tight and we like it that way. We give away quite a bit, we save a lot, and we prioritize the future rather than the present. And, if I’m honest, sometimes it just sucks. I wish I could afford to buy a bottle of Aberlour A’bunadh or The GlenLivet 18 year every month, but I can’t, at least, not yet. But the real reason is because I’d rather have money to build my wife a coffee or dining room table. I’d rather have money to take her on a trip every year because she’s awesome and deserves it. AND because The GlenLivet 12 and AnCnoc are both pretty damn good.
So Mister Kingsley wants to encourage you to try and find the balance in this financial game of life. Between the two of us, Mister Kingsley is an encourager for small treats and “fun stuff” here and there while Lady Kingsley would have us eat Ramen and save every dime left over. But, it’s a balance and it takes some time to learn. We’re not perfect, but we’re learning. So if you need some help figuring it all out, shoot us a message, leave a comment, or pop us an email and we’d love to talk budgeting and finances with you. – Cheers

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