I started blogging on Blogspot in January. I had a vision, and a plan. It’s changed a bit along the way. I’ve grown in ways I didn’t anticipate. I have begun endeavors that I wouldn’t have dreamed.
Writing here has changed my relationship with money. It has helped me face the issues I have with spending (I am terrified to spend money… and feel incredibly guilty when I spend on myself). This blog, and the connections I’ve made here, have also helped me to change my “dirty little secret” mentality about discussing personal finances … for good or ill. *See Can I Get Rich On A Salary’s post Sex or Credit for more on this topic*
The biggest unanticipated benefit to writing this blog is that Mark and I have a far stronger money communications relationship now. In the beginning, I would say “budget” and he would instantly tense up. When we realized we were both working toward the same goal, we just had different communications styles; it was a whole new ballgame. In case you missed it, I even rubbed off on him a bit.
With the good, of course, comes the bad. We’re more aware of our downfalls in spending. We track everything so closely, while we’re at a lull in the earnings department, that our 15 year old daughter wants to get a job because she thinks we’re hurting financially. No matter how much you try to tell children that things are ok, if they’ve never been faced with a budget for nights out to dinner before, they’re going to worry. I wish I’d read Clever Dude’s post about Teaching Your Children Finances Early … about 15 years ago.
What about you? Have you learned something from reading or writing about finances that you wish you’d known 6 months ago? 10 years ago? Has this changed your relationship with or about money?