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As a mother, sometimes I find that the pressure of needing to save money leads me to feelings of deprivation, focusing on what I can’t do.

Instead, I prefer to think about investing our family’s money, choosing with intention the items that will bring the best return on investment — in time, financial savings, and quality of life. This helps me feel empowered, not stifled. I enjoy knowing I’m spending our money in ways that reflect our top priorities.

So here are three ways to buy without feeling guilty afterwards:

1. Invest in your family’s health.
2. Invest in your home library.
3. Invest in experiences, not more stuff.

Read this excellent positive article on family financial management at the Small Notebook for a Simple Home blog, where you can learn lots about simplifying, organizing, managing money, and doing lots more at home.