Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have.
Saving in order to give or saving because you have some surprise needs can often be done by working with what you have.
My son is a high school senior, and although I thought I was pretty much prepared for this stage, I am not. ¬†Emotionally it is taking its toll, but it has also taken a toll financially. ¬†Having a child who is a senior in high school brings up lots of extra expenses. ¬†Clothes have never been a major concern, my son is not a clothes horse. ¬†Give him some jeans and a t-shirt, and he is good. ¬†He also prefers clothing from Goodwill, well, other than his sneakers. ¬†The thing that caught me off guard is the testing fees, admissions fees and the all important senior portraits. ¬†Here I am accustomed to paying under $100 for a portrait package. ¬†Not so in senior year. ¬†It is PRICEY! ¬†Mind you, the pictures are pretty outstanding, but again, something I really hadn’t prepared for. ¬†