It's Monday! Time to make some new friends, and learn more about old (relatively) ones! Today Kasey has asked us to share the best piece of advice we have ever received.
Mine is really simple. When I got married I was only out of high school a year. I was still living with my parents, and besides a small car payment, really didn't have a lot of financial obligations. My dad had a little heart to heart with me before the wedding. The one thing that has always stuck with me from that conversation was simply this:
If you can't afford to pay cash for it, you don't need it.
He went on to elaborate a little, and explained that of course there were a very few things like a car, or a home that we wouldn't be able to pay cash for, and credit would be necessary. But he basically counseled me to keep in mind that other than these few exceptions, if there was something we wanted, or felt like we needed that we couldn't afford to pay for in full, then we should make due without until we could afford it.
I am so grateful that in this time of economic uncertainty I can say that my vehicles are paid off, I only have one mortgage on my home, and I have no credit card debt. We're not rollin' in the dough by any means,and I don't have my home fixed up as beautiful as all the ones I admire in the magazines, but I hear all these stories on the news of people drowning in credit card debt and am grateful that I don't have that kind of burden weighing me down at this time. Thanks DAD!
What's the best piece of advice you have ever received? If you'd like to link up, go visit Kasey and learn how!
I found a great new Linky Fest going on over at Learning Together Hand in Hand. It's a recipe swap! I've been a major slacker at posting my recipes of the week, so thought this would be a good way to keep me on the ball, plus get some great new recipes to try out! This is the easiest meal you will ever make (aside from cold cereal!). It is tasty and filling! What could be easier than dumping 6 cans into a pot and bringing to a boil?
6 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 can chicken
2 cans chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 can black beans (I rinse mine)
1 can corn
Combine contents of all cans in pot and bring to a boil. Top with crumbled tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, and a dollup of sour cream! It is seriously delish! I always get tons of compliments.
*This recipe is also great without the toppings for those who are trying to lose weight - I love that when I make this I can actually eat the same dinner as my family, just without the toppings! I usually make their food, then make my less than delicious low cal crap.
If you try it out, I'd love to know how you like it! Have a recipe to share? Go here to link up.
I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter, and is having a wonderful Monday!