Two days of crying…

I want to ask you a question that could solve your financial, credit, and debt problems …
But first, a quick story …
One of my friends, Jocelyn, told me that she was in tears for two days.
A mom with Baby #2 on the way, Jocelyn had decided to let go of her nanny …
She told me she felt a little silly crying about it … compared to some people’s problems, letting go of the nanny is hardly a big problem.
But it was a big lifestyle-decision for Jocelyn and her family. You see, the nanny has cared for their daughter since she was four months old. And with Baby #2 on the way, Jocelyn’s family is going to need a nanny again in about four months.
But her daughter just started preschool, and her son isn’t due for about two more months. Once her son is born, Jocelyn won’t be working much during the first few months.
She figured she could save a boatload of money by letting go of the nanny…
But the decision made Jocelyn sob. She was going to have to hire another nanny once she went back to work.
Jocelyn couldn’t image leaving her new child alone with a stranger. The thought made her sick to her stomach.
Then Jocelyn’s sister said something smart:
“I don’t think this is an area where you should be frugal. If you want to save money, sell one of your cars. Think about it … at the end of your life, would you rather look back and say: I’m sure glad we had two cars? Or would you rather say: I’m sure glad we made sacrifices so that we could surround our children with people who love them?”

Jocelyn thought about it and realized she could make a ton of sacrifices elsewhere. She and her husband could plan their meals a little better and save about $200 a month in groceries. They figured a way to lower the amount they paid for car insurance. And they made a deal with the nanny that made financial sense for everyone involved.
They made it work.
So what does this have to do with credit?
A lot of credit problems are actually spending problems. People make rash, spur-of-the-moment choices that don’t reflect their truest desires. They buy the latest iPhone instead of paying a credit card bill. They buy a new pair of shoes instead of saving money for a vacation.
If you think you are someone who makes bad decisions when it comes to spending money, ask yourself the same question Jocelyn asked: “At the end of my life, would I rather have this or that?”
Ask this question before making any purchase or budgetary decision:
At the end of your life, would you rather look back and say: I’m sure glad I had the latest iPhone? Or would you rather say: I’m sure glad I pinched pennies and saved money so that I could take care of my debt problems, invest in my child’s future, and take relaxing vacations with my family?

Spending money is almost always a choice between one opportunity and another. Just make sure you are taking advantage of the right opportunity and putting your money where it matters!
Please share your thoughts with me below!!
Philip Tirone