We all like to joke that mothers are “always right,” and as much as I may hate to admit it, the sentiment rings true. My own mom seems to have the supernatural ability to read my mind as well as offer excellent advice (even when I don’t take it!), which has proven priceless in nearly all life categories—relationships, staying out after midnight, eating enough vegetables, the importance of sleep, and financial skills.
Parents in general sometimes gloss over talking about money, but luckily, mine always reinforced the importance of a strong, stable financial foundation. I grew up understanding the value of a dollar, when to indulge and the difference between “want” and “need.” I also witnessed the stress of debt, the importance of investing in education and the consequences of an empty savings account. Here are the 15 times my mom was spot-on about money, and what I learned from her as a result.