You Don’t Have to be Donald Trump to Count Your Money Blessings

November 22, 2006

Since Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on our blessings in life, I came up with a list of my money blessings. In no particular order, these are items that have contributed to my progress in having a money smart life:

1) Money Mentors
Thanks to my parents and grandparents who taught me the value of a dollar, how to accumulate dollars, and the importance of using these dollars responsibly to improve my life and the lives of those around me.

2) Money Community
Thanks to the pioneers of personal finance blogging over at the Money Blog Network for inspiring us and the community of other personal finance bloggers offering advice and support to anyone smart enough to listen.

3) Financial Planning
Those that fail to plan, should plan on failing. I’m grateful to my wife for taking the time to plan our financial goals together, grateful for my luck that we started planning and executing early in life, and grateful to our financial planner for helping us turn our plan into action!

4) Healthy Living
Life can be miserable without a healthy body. I’ve been blessed with good health so far and have done what I can to follow healthy habits. Hopefully my efforts will keep me out of the doctor’s office and my healthcare costs low to a minimum far into the future.

5) Yearning for Learning
I’m thankful for my desire to continually learn new things. There is always something new to learn about money and the best way to use it to live my life.

What money blessings are you thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving!


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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