Scrimping and Saving
I realize most folks are frugal so they can escape the rat race and the idea of living frugally and then spending it all on tuition fees seems somewhat counter intuitive to many people.
Our thinking is that we are paying for a school that aligns with our values and educates our child. We are supporting our family through a great education and the school through our tuition. It means lots of stuff doesn’t happen, and we keep lots of records.
If you are following a similar path, after years of scrimping for school your spending will be on autopilot. And one day you will reach that point where there is no more tuition and you can redirect those funds to retirement savings. And one day you might have the option to quitting your job! Don’t!
Instead select a job you enjoy and a cause that resonates with you and funnel your future earnings there. Or take on a volunteer with a charity. Help a family member. Write poetry. Or start a blog. The point is, set aside some side to be productive and direct that output to the benefit of other people.
After all, your education (from elementary school to today) probably cost more than your car. And your house. Don’t let it go to waste simply because you are done with it. After being so efficient for so many years it seems sort of wasteful to let your productive capacity diminish through lack of use.
The idea of voluntary simplicity in spending to eventually to spend most of the time on the beach might appeal for you. And do it. For a year. And then use your good fortune, your skills, and your hard acquired skills and education for the greater good.
Consider giving it away. Imagine the good you can do if you are so fortunate. I bet there is a school you are really familiar with that could use some donations from income you don’t need or hands on volunteer help.
We need you
But don’t quit. We need you. And you need us.
“The used key is always bright.”
― Benjamin Franklin
For over half a century Trappist monk Justo Gallego has been building a cathedral in Spain. Led by his calling and with no formal training his effort has resulted in incredible results
Justo Gallego. Source: wikipedias been a slow and steady building up of something beautiful. He expects no return on investment and, while accepting help, he has to be the driving force behind it, day after day, month after month, year after year.
I love this story. We as parents all of us are doing the same for our children. One way we do this is to match our
child’s needs to the appropriate school. And if you are at this site, you have selected, or are considering, a private school as one possible option.
Justo might be a little bit crazy. And many of us have heard that we are nuts for wasting money on private school tuition. But wouldn’t it be nice to create something beautiful for someone else?– In this case a series of experiences, lessons and morale frameworks for your children and the broader community.
You can do this. We can help.
On Tuesday November 8th, Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States by winning the required electoral college votes with a separation of only 112,000 votes.
It was a contentious election cycle with harsh words and harsher accusations flung by all parties.
Despite which side you were in favor of it is clear that the election was close, complex and nuanced.
Thomas Jefferson once said that “An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”
An educated citizen starts with the education of children where a diversity of thought and training only enriches the discourse. Your job, with the help of others, to educate your children.
If you are considering, or already sending, your children to private school – great job! On paying for private school we discuss motivations, financial approaches and the down sides of electing to send your child to a private school.
By Ali Zifan, via Wikimedia Commons