PF Weekly Grab a Brew #47: The Importance Of Family Time

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Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the very people who love us the most and sweep family time under the rug for money.

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Being Together Is Valuable Family Time

As I get my Friday dose of Yahoo personal finance reading in, it was twice this morning that family time came up.

I was intrigued to read an article about a young couple wanting to retire at age 50 with just over a million dollars in a Money Sense article on Yahoo.

I’d love to retire early; if you play your financial cards right, that could happen to you.

I read the comments after this couple’s personal finance breakdown, which looked terrific given their ages of 26 and 32.

She is a nurse, and he’s an engineer.

They are doing it right working hard while they are young in their chosen careers and investing and saving money like my wife and I did from a young age.

When I read the post I was thrilled for this couple as I enjoy reading about couples who are making money work for them and not against them, which can be a challenge for some.

Making Sense Of It All

It’s always when I get to the comments where I’m either scratching my head or happy to read comments that make sense to me.

I’m not sure why so many people have to have negative bashing towards people who are making their hard-earned money work for them.

Some comments made me wonder why it’s so hard for some to be happy for those who can stay on track financially.

It would be nice if everyone in this world could do the same. However, we’re all different, and how we choose to carry them is up to us.

One comment made me think about money, how much it means to us, and how far we will go to attain our goals while keeping family first.

Family time is very important to my wife and me, especially since we are both very busy, including having me work on this blog full-time during the week.

We chatted about our relationship and how important it is to budget the romance and spend family time together.

Although we don’t have any children, it’s still imperative that we take time to set the money-making ladder part of our lives aside to do things together.

One commenter stated that they had made a million dollars by the age of 32.

He went on to have 28 million by age 58 and questioned whether it was worth giving up friends and family time.

I’ve quoted the comment below, and I knew balancing work and life was essential to my wife and me and anyone.

The other Yahoo user comments below shared their success in becoming millionaires.

They also talked about family time which many of us overlook and put on the back burner for our careers.

Importance Of Family Time

Working hard is great, but you also have to work smart. I did and reached the million mark when I was 32, great right, but, I also missed watching my family grow up, had zero holiday time, no friends.

Was it worth it, yes, now I’m 58 and worth 25 million and no, I would give anything to have the things I missed.– R

Well, the wife and I lived a similar life and hit the $1 Million mark at 44, now 47 and close to $1.5 Million – all self-made.

We raised 3 kids, 2 are still in the house at 18 and 19. I still have a flip phone and the wife has a pay as you go, same phone since 2005.

We take the family on a Caribbean holiday each year for a week, with lots of 3 day weekends wherever.

I bought 2 – 51″ Samsung for $550 each a couple of years ago after finally ditching the old tube TV’s. Point is we do not feel like we are missing out on things and can go ahead and do it when we see value in it.

To get started use the 80-10-10 rule. Spend 80 % of your income, put 10% into mid-term savings and 10% into long-term savings.

Never touch the long-term savings and only touch the mid-term savings in an absolute emergency – we never have.

Signing Off Social Media For Family Time

Then I read a Canadian Press article about Marc Caira, the CEO of Tim Hortons, who says his Blackberry is with him 5 days a week.

But come the weekend, it’s on the bedside table and doesn’t get touched.

How many of you turn off your cell phone on the weekend?

He likes to try new restaurants with his family, and every Sunday, they go to breakfast with their grandson because family is important to them.

After reading what I did this morning, I’m glad we are working on a work-life balance as a couple.

We must work smart to get to the next level in our careers.

Family time, well, as the commenter said above, he would give anything to get that time back.

Once time is gone, it’s gone for good.

Discussion: How important is family time to you, and what do you do?

Recipe Of The Week

brie-caramelized-onions-fig-jam family time tea

Everyday Food Bloggers from around the world pass by my other love, the Free Recipe Depot Facebook page, to share a daily recipe that I share with my fans.

This week’s Top Recipe comes from a blog called “What a Girl Eats,”

My mouth was watering when I looked at her Warmed Brie with Caramelized Onions and Fig Jam.

I need some homemade crackers, a knife, and a cuppa tea, my wife, and it’s the perfect family time for two.

A wonderful brie appetizer for the holiday season that your guests will enjoy.

How do you serve your brie for the holidays?

Weekly Reads

Well, that’s a wrap for this Friday’s grab a brew #47 so happy saving and I’ll see you here again next week when I do it all over again.



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  1. I just recently returned to work after being a stay at home mom for the better part of the last 10 years. Week days now consist of the four of us getting up in the morning and rushing around to get myself and the children out the door in an organized fashion and on time. Afternoons see my husband picking the kids up from the bus stop and doing homework until I come home from work. A that point, the husband and I meet at the door for a passing ships kind of kiss as he heads off to work and I take over the domestic duties. We honestly don’t see much of each other through the week and certainly don’t get to spend much quality time together between work, meals, housework, homework, etc. So the weekends are family time. It is super important to us that we spend as much of our free time as a family as is absolutely possible. Our children are only 8 and 9 right now, but they won’t be that young for long and we don’t want them growing up wishing we had spent more time together as a family. So, conclusion, I of course believe work is important; but to us family is equally or even more important.

    1. Hi Christina,
      You said it right… you don’t want your kids growing up wishing you had spent more time with them. The time is now and like anything we do in life when we look back we are either proud of what we’ve done or realize that we could have put more effort into something or simply it was out of our control. If we have control over a situation and it’s important to us we should run with it. Thanks for dropping by. Mr.CBB

  2. I think family time is very, very important. We are working really hard when we are young to be comfortable enough to spend lots of time with family when we are older and have kids. I don’t work my day job on the weekends, but I do a lot of blog work which does take up a lot of time.

  3. We all have to figure out for ourselves what is important in our lives. Hopefully we figure out the place for family before we lose the chance to have the family life. It’s all balance and what works for one person or family won’t work for another. That balance is as individual as each person. Family is very important to me, especially right now when you just don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Having to deal with health issues can rearrange your priorities in short order.
    The brie looks interesting to say the least!!! Looks like I have some more reading material to look over… Have a good weekend!!

  4. I am going to be taking the words of that commenter very seriously. Sure it would be great to have a million dollars by the time you are 32 but if it means missing your family growing up, that isn’t worth it. You only have so many years where your kids are kids, those can’t be missed. There is plenty of money to be made after kids are grown up and out of the house. I want to be a millionaire but not at the expense of family time.

  5. Family time is very important to me. The evenings and weekends are for my family. While I can’t say I turn off my phone, I don’t actively work either. My focus is on the girls and my husband. It seems like we’re always running around! 🙂 Sunday evenings when the girls go to bed, then I’ll get caught up with The Heavy Purse, etc. While some days are crazier, I feel like a have a good balance between work and family time. Or at least it works for me. 🙂

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