10 Reasons Money Isn’t Everything – Or Is it

10 Reasons Why Money Isn’t Everything


Money Can't Buy HappinessIs money what it’s all about?  Have you ever wondered after your or your partner – or both of you spend at least eight hours a day working, striving to earn a decent income to support your family, provide for your needs, and (hopefully!) have something left over to fulfill a few desires,  – if this is it? Are we just meant to be money making machines? Well a Rich Mama knows there has to be more to life than just money, so here are 10 reasons why money isn’t everything. Read them, take a deep breath and chill.



1. Family


While money can help your family to have the things they need and want, money can’t give you a family, grow your family, make your family healthy, or even give your family lasting happiness. Family togetherness and love depends on time spent, not money spent. So figure out ways to spend time with your family without spending money together – play a board game, go for a picnic lunch, watch a movie together – at home, play charades.


2. Health


Sure, money can pay for doctor’s visits and prescriptions, but even the wealthiest folks in the world know that money can’t buy you health. And money can’t replace or remove poor health or disease. Choose nutritious food and go out for a daily walk for exercise. Those two things don’t cost a lot and go a long way to “buying” you health.


3. Happiness


Money may provide things that can make you happy for awhile, but real, lasting happiness can’t be bought. It’s something that comes from contentment within.  Knowledge and confidence in who we are and a purpose in life is true happiness. Money can’t buy that.  I’ve always felt that money in the bank (not in the new pillows on the couch) is a much better way to provide happiness. Instead of focusing on what you have, imagine the money in the bank, just sitting there – bet that’s a stress buster.


4. Faith


You hear people talk about their faith in many different ways, and we do have faith in different things, but have you ever heard anyone claim to have faith in money? Probably not. While money may give us a sense of security, it can also fail us, and often does. Money let’s us down. Faith in something greater than ourselves, however, won’t.


5. Peace


It’s a well known truism that money can buy you a bed, but it can’t help you sleep. While money can provide things you need and want, it can’t alter your state of mind enough that you have lasting peace. That’s something that comes from within and money will never provide it.


6. Purpose


Regardless of what some may think, money – or acquiring it – isn’t the purpose of life. We are taught early on that the love of money is the root of all evil. It’s important to read that very carefully; the LOVE of money is the root of all evil, not money itself. Money is just a tool with which to build a life. Making money your purpose for living is dangerous. Find a purpose in your life that fulfills you and gives your life meaning.


7. Joy


While some equate joy with happiness, they are really two different things. Happiness is the bouncy feeling that comes along when something pleasant happens in our lives. Happiness can be as simple as an ice cream cone or a good book. Joy, on the other hand, is a deep-seated contentment that nothing can take away. And money certainly can’t bring joy into our lives. Money is superficial. Joy goes deep.


8. Personal Growth


Life is a process of personal growth and learning, and while money may provide the opportunity for that growth, it will never be able to provide the growth itself. Learning and growing come from a change within us not from the cash in our bank accounts, or the limit on our credit cards. Constantly learning new things opens our life up to new possibilities, new horizons. Money cannot open up our mind.


9. Love


Love is truly the greatest gift of life; the love of a child, a parent, a spouse, a sibling, or a friend. Love is what drives the world, and that drive should never be the love of money, but rather love for people. That’s what will bring real, lasting joy. Isn’t that what we’re all seeking? Money can’t buy love. Simply said and very true, indeed.


10. Money Can’t Buy Everything


While you can buy material things, pay for health care, even “buy” some people, there are things money can’t buy. Money can’t buy family, health, happiness, faith, peace, purpose, joy, personal growth, or love. Look at the hundreds of lottery stories; people who’s dream has come true, they are instant millionaires. Look at what happens to 99.9% of these people and I dare you to tell me that money is the answer to all your problems.


Money is a great tool and one that we all need to provide a good life for our families. But money is not the be all and end of life. Money is simply a tool. One that will help fashion life, but not create it. Next time you get caught in the money trap, take a few minutes to remember what in life is REALLY important. Your loved ones will be glad you did, and so will you.

Your Questions About Tween Girl Birthday Party Ideas

Joseph asks…

Birthday party ideas for a tween girl?

Birthday party ideas for a tween girl?
Hello!I am the mother of a soon-to-be 12 years old daughter and I need some idea of themes,party games and Party songs.Thanks!

richmama answers:

My son was invited to many girl’s birthday parties in sixth, seventh and eighth grade. There was dancing and board game playing such as guesstures, pictionary, etc. He had a good time and the party always ended around ten.

Sharon asks…

Tween Birthday party: Best fun and n’joyment ideas for 10 yrs girl B’day party in SugarLand , TX?

I like to know ideas for Best fun and n’joyment ideas for 10 yrs girl B’day party in Sugar land , Houston , TX

richmama answers:

Eat some sugar. Get some cavities. Make your parents pay through the nose with more health care shitt.

John asks…

Tween Birthday Party Ideas?

what is a good idea for a birthday party for a girl around 6th grade not too expensive ( i had a big birthday last year)
what about a mall scavenger hunt???

richmama answers:

Hawaiin pool party.
If you have a pool than do that, when i had my 12th b-day party thats what i had and it was so much fun.

Do tiki torches (cheap) and have like hawaiin flowers and stuff like that.

Thomas asks…

What are some good ideas for a tween/teen girl’s birthday party?

I have a birthday party coming up in a few months, but I have nothing to do! I have no price range, so just give me all of your ideas!

richmama answers:

When I was helping to plan my sisters party I came across the website

They sell personalized candy bar wrappers at a reasonable price. I thought it was a really great unique idea.
I bought some for her party, they came really quickly and turned out great!!! Everyone loved them and I plan on going back to this website for any other favors I need…I keep telling everyone about it!! In fact I just posted this on another question because I just think it is such a cool idea.

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Boredom Buster for Kids


What Are Some Boredom Busters for Kids?

All moms have heard it – once the frenzy of unwrapping all the holiday presents is over, comes that dreaded utterance, “I’m bored…”  And there’s still a week of vacation left to contend with.  So what’s a mom to do?  It’s time to bring out fun indoor activites for kdis that are guaranteed to break up the boredom and give you a bit of a break.

1. Go for the board (not bored) games – say no to the Wii, Xbox and the DSi and bring out the old-fashioned board games that are age appropriate for the whole family – or at least the kids.  Stumped for some ideas?  Here are the classics

  • checkers
  • chess
  • Life
  • Monopoly
  • Scrabble
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Clue

You can make a family night out of it, or have the kids go head to head.  To make it extra interesting, load up on some inexpensive prizes or offer coupons for an outing to the winner of the board game tournament.

2. Get Outside – Snowball fight – if you’re lucky enough to have snow on the ground then get outside.  Set the kids up into teams and have them launch a snowball war.  Or if they’re not into that, head up a snowman competition – pile up decorations like extra hats, scarfs, gloves and other items in a big box and have everyone build their own crazy snowman.  You can award prizes for the best one, or just take a family picture to remember the good times.  The kids will be so exhausted from an afternoon of fresh air, they’ll be too tired to complain about boredom.
3. Bake Together – Find a few favorite recipes – for fudge, cookies or candy and make a big batch.  Package them up and distribute them to the neighbors, the firehouse and the police department as a way of saying thank you.  You and the kids will have fun baking and putting together the holiday packages.

With just a bit of strategizing , any parent can find a boredom buster for kids.