I live on the outskirts of town, so to go to the store and buy a cover for my son’s books would take about 45 minutes. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Plus, I’ve never been a big fan of store-bought covers because they always seem to come off except for those stretchy ones which I have to admit her pretty cool but also expensive.

Video #1: How to make a book cover from a brown paper grocery bag

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Video #2: How to make a book cover from a gift bag

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Here I’m showing my son how to make a book cover out of a paper bag and also how to use a cool gift bag.  One of these days we’ll make it to the store so he can pick out his own. But I’m hoping he will like the homemade versions as much as I did! When I was his age I loved doodling on my paper bag bookcovers! As I got older, I noticed the other kids moved on to “cooler” book covers… But I still liked my brown paper bags because they’re sturdy, they stay on, and I loved to doodle! Plus no one was ever going to take my book by mistake 🙂

Whether or not he likes the brown paper bags as much as I do, that’s what he’s getting for now. He can save his chore money and buy something else if he wants. Cuz that’s the way this family works haha!

You want LeBrons? I’ll chip in my regular shoe allowance. You can earn the rest.

You want a fancy-schmancy binder? I’ll chip in the cost of a normal binder and you can earn the rest.  He worked hard for one pair of LeBrons… and guess what?  After that he’s picked shoes in my budget!

You want cool book covers? Mama budgeted $0 for that because you get them free from the grocery store haha. Get out there and earn the rest for what you want!

A potential client was of the opinion that she didn’t want to live like she was poor. My reply is that I’ve climbed out of almost $850,000 debt over the last 9 years. I’m applying those same techniques to invest over $850,000 in the next 9 years. Guess who’s going to retire better?

I don’t mind being a little cheap now, because it allows me to spend my money where I really want to – on having fun and on building a solid future for my family. Small steps (like making Little Man earn the value of a $10 book cover because you can make one for free), is how I make sure he’ll be able to handle the Legacy I’m leaving for him!

What are YOU doing to position others to be in a better financial position than you were?  Tell me about it, and I might just mention your idea during the next Power Hour!



PS: I hope you will join us Monday at 11:30am Central (or 12:30pm Eastern) for our Power Hour (Maxwell & Money plus open Q&A). There’s no cost so forward this to a friend who wants to grow into their future!  Dial in: 8:30pmCST/9:30EST (515) 739-1030 ID: 192891499

PPS: We are now planning for the Fall 2018 Global Youth Initiative.  Every Oct and April John Maxwell Team members like myself put on free youth programming all month long.  Please consider making a donation toward our costs. Every $5 allows us to reach 2 more kids. 100% of donations go to kids, NO administrative fees. Follow THIS link, click register, then scroll down to donations. Thank you so much!



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