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Like Father Like Daughter?

Your Two Cents: Like Father Like Daughter?

My dad can take credit for many of my Savvy ways. I watched him patiently clip coupons for weekly grocery trips and work long hours without complaining. His actions taught me that money isn't everything but doing the right thing is, and supporting your family and giving the gift of education are good investments. His nonstop days showed me that balancing a full life takes perseverance but you can do anything if you set your mind to it.

Have you taken after your dad in the way you handle your career, money, or work-life balance?


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bluebird bluebird 9 years
bigestivediscuit: YES! Exactly! I've learned a lot of work ethic from my father, but not much else since my parents divorced when I was seven.
jessie jessie 9 years
my dad can't save two nickles to save his life! i'm not like him, i can control what i spend and save.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I got all this from my Mom. My Mom and Dad are both pretty similar in their money habits but my Dad didn't balance work and life really well. He'd work and then veg on the couch and relax. He didn't do anything social or fun.
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 9 years
My dad and I both research ourselves silly before buying anything. And we have the same credit policy: Don't buy it if you don't have the money in your bank account right now, which means paying credit card balances in full.
SDTransplant SDTransplant 9 years
My dad is a great role model (he is the most patient person ever), but I take more after my mom in temperament and in terms of dealing with finances.
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I miss my dad and I hope that my actions at work and in life would please him. I think they would. My dad died about 8 years ago from complications from a toxic doses of Parkinson's medications and a hospital's failure to treat him for a simple fever which escalated into deadly sepsis. Anyway, even though my dad thought I wasn't listen or paying close attention to the things he did at work (I was the only one of his 5 children to ask to go to work with him one day during my summer break and I ended up going to work with him for a week). I got a chance to see my dad in a different perspective, like when we'd go to different military bases and he'd slide effortless into military mode with authority and assurance and professionalism and he was the same when he worked as a civil servant then DoD. My dad had a fantastic work ethic to a certain extent, he used his work to hide his serious chemical depression and separate himself from us his children who he thought he would hurt with his depression. I do try to follow the little verbal advice my dad gave me as I entered the work force - do more than is expected of you, do it your absolute best and to your fullest ability, don't let others take credit for the work you've done, and stay many steps ahead of your superiors of both the knowledge front (never stop learning) and on the work flow front)but don't let your boss know that you've finished assignments faster than they expected you to otherwise they will keep shortening the time frame while increasing the workload to unrealistic levels. As I said at my dad's memorial service to my siblings and other attendees "My dad tried his best to be the best man he could. I don't think he failed, I think he tried and did his best. The saddest thing to me is that he may have died thinking that he didn't try hard enough and that we or I resent him, when I really loved him and told him so. It makes me so angry and frustrated and sad that poor medical care took my dad away from me early and that he died alone on a hospital gurney. If I could travel through time I would want to be at his side while he was struggling to breathe because of the hospital error and tell him that I always loved him and that he was the best and only daddy I ever had or will have." My sister and two brothers cried when I said that and silently nodded in agreement. To each of us he gave some of his good traits and some of his bad traits. But mostly he loved us the only way he knew how as a chronicly depressed person at a distance.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
My "father" aka. the man I call sperm donor lol = deadbeat with no $$, no job, no car, lost the house, has not a thing... I definitely didn't follow in any of his footsteps:)
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I definitely got my money sense from my Dad (and that's a good thing)
MindayH MindayH 9 years
I have to say that most I learned was from my mom.
faerymagick15 faerymagick15 9 years
my dad is awful with money! I am not the greatest, but I am much better at it than him!
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
my dads a penny pincher and I am so not that! Wish at times I could be but unfortunately I got my shopping gene from the moms
MandeeLei MandeeLei 9 years
I've learned what NOT to do from watching him! Sad but true lol
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
Sfbutterfly ... my dad and I also share the same belief that "to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late, and to be late is unaccepatable." He has taught me a lot of great things about work ethic and I always go to him for advice about work related situations. But I go to my mom about financial advice!
verily verily 9 years
Somewhat. We're both obsessed with the idea of quality and doing careful research in buying certain things. We both have Consumer Reports subscriptions. Work-life choices...well, we're both in jobs where you cannot take your work home.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
The one thing I can thank my father for is that he taught me that if you are 15 minutes early to work you are actually at work on time and if you are at work exactly at what time you are suppose to start you are actually late to work. Money wise I have his bad habit of throwning my change in my pocket/purse instead of putting it back in my wallet.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Somewhat. However, I think I'm more savvy than him. :)
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