This is a reposted article in an occasional series from my dear Aunt Doris, who passed away in 2015 at the age of 94.
When it comes to staying out of debt and making ends meet, I can only tell you what’s worked for me.
I was left a young widow with an 11-year-old son — so I had to take charge of my finances.
I paid off my charge cards, and I’ve never owned one since. It’s one of the wisest things I ever did. I always pay for everything by cash or check. You should too.
Also, make sure you buy what’s needed as opposed to what you want. Then, when you do splurge on something you want, you’ll appreciate it so much more!
Oh, and in my later years I discovered the 99-cent and dollar stores. Love ’em! You’d be surprised at the bargains you’ll find on paper goods and batteries there!
Enjoy the simple things. Not everything that costs money is worth it, you know.
But the fact that you’re here, looking for advice, leads me to think you’re going to be fine. Just try to save a little bit from every paycheck — no matter how small the amount.
Remember, you can’t take it with you. Although I’ll probably try!