Her name was Lindsay. Lindsay was a little bit of a jerk. She was my “best friend” in third grade (or should I say ‘frenemy’?)
She was also the first person to make me feel poor. It all started with a pair of white Bongo overalls *which were super cool and adorable btw*
“Cute overalls, where did you get those?”
“I got them at Savers!”
“Ewwww. Those are used clothes. We don’t shop there”
It was a punch to the gut of my little 8 yr old self. My family shopped at a used clothing store?? I shouldn’t be proud of my new overalls?? Did other kids have more money than me?? Was I less than them??
The truth is most of our beliefs about money come from childhood experiences or messages we received.
“Money is the root of all evil”
“Money doesn’t grow on trees”
”Shut the d@mn door, I’m not paying to air condition the whole neighborhood!”
The experiences we have as a child are filtered and understood in a childlike manner. We often never re-examine them. The problem is when your automatic thoughts and assumptions go unchecked, they affect your adult life in ways that don’t serve you…it can hold you back!
In this episode of “The Family Money Coaching Podcast” Laura Coleman and I talk about Jen Sincero’s book “You Are a Badass at Making Money” (one of my favorites!), intuition as it pertains to your finances and biggest dreams, and our own traumatic money stories from childhood. We also discuss ways to start making a big difference in shifting your money story!
What was one of the biggest messages you received about money in your childhood? Good or bad, why do you think it left such an impression?
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