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Mom’s best money advice

By Katie Doyle ·
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Posted: 10 am ET

"I just want you to do whatever makes you happy," my mom used to tell me, regarding my career. At the time, I thought that was just a "mom thing" to say, but now that I have a daughter of my own, and love what I do, it makes perfect sense. We moms just want what's best for our kids.

Katie Doyle with her mom and daughter.

Katie Doyle with her mom and daughter.

With Mother's Day this weekend, we wanted to hear the best money advice our readers' moms gave them, in the hopes that we could all learn something from each other's dear ole moms.

"The best money advice my mom ever gave me was the reality that I had to work for my own living. The encouragement to get part-time/summer jobs (plus) the push to fight for my own income as long as it didn't interfere with my education gave me the best start anyone could (possibly) ask for," says David Ning at

Our Facebook fan Anthony Mejia says the best advice his mom ever gave him was, "Never spend your raises. Act like you never get one. If u could get by already on what you had, this shouldn't be an issue."


Carrie Smith of says, "Always make a list and bring a calculator while shopping," was one of the top five things her mom taught her.


"Embrace thrift stores! Why pay full price for stuff you can get for a tenth of the price?" was the advice of the mom of "J. Money," blogger at

And our Facebook fan Kathleen Miller says, "Save for a rainy day. I love my Mom."

I couldn't have said it better myself. Happy Mother's Day, moms!

Have any other mom advice you'd like to share? Tweet us your mom's money advice using #momsmoneytips and follow me on Twitter: @katislafevis.

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