Author Topic: Graveyard Lessons  (Read 1661 times)


  • Pencil Stache
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Graveyard Lessons
« on: April 03, 2019, 12:25:20 PM »
I had a teacher in middle school who would spend a few minutes here and there teaching us "Graveyard Lessons". It's funny for the life of me I can't remember what subject exactly she taught (maybe english, maybe health?) but I DO remember a lot of these graveyard lessons. I also remember exactly how she should start these mini-lessons out "Today I'm going to teach you a Graveyard Lesson - that's right this is a lesson you are going to take to your grave!"

Now keep in mind this was even before MMM started a blog so her advice might not be as extreme/frugal as some of us here on the forum, but a lot of it helped inspire me to save money/make good decisions at a young age. So to kick the thread off here's a few I remember off the top of my head, feel free to add your own!

-Never have a car loan longer than three years
-Always save 20% of your paycheck
-Divide your monthly income by 4 and that's your maximum rent/mortgage payment
-Buy wheat bread instead of white
-Fill half of your dinner plate with vegetables
-When you're getting ready for college apply for every scholarship you can find; especially the ones that only a few other kids are applying for (I got a ton of $500-$1000 scholarships this way!)
-Emphasized avoiding teen pregnancy by picturing her in our head any time we were thinking about going to home base with a SO. I gotta say; those of us in her class did indeed avoid teen pregnancy lol

@boyerbt & @talltexan - I didn't want to derail the auto thread so here ya go :)


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Re: Graveyard Lessons
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2019, 02:16:25 PM »
This is great, thank you for sharing!

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Re: Graveyard Lessons
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2019, 06:54:27 AM »
It sounds like you had a teacher that really enjoyed helping people navigate life.  What a treasure!


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Re: Graveyard Lessons
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2019, 09:00:25 AM »
@Not Sure -  I was lucky with all my teachers they were all so wonderful! It's fun when I realize how much those little tidbits really helped me in life.


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Re: Graveyard Lessons
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2019, 08:29:01 AM »
Thank you for sharing these! The financial ones are great, but the pregnancy one, well, it's not soooo creepy that it takes away from the other ones.

And, no joke, kids are expensive.