Reader Quotes: Crazy Things Dad Says (About Money)

Dad and daughterDo you remember when your dad tried to give you the talk?

No, not that one. We’re interested in the other talk—about money.

According to a study by T. Rowe Price, talking to children about family finances is the only topic more uncomfortable for parents to discuss with their kids than sex. That’s right—harder than drugs, alcohol, and, um, whether it's time for a training bra.

Awkwardness aside, our dads persevere, and we're glad for it. In honor of Father's Day, we gathered from you, our readers, the smartest and funniest quotes from your dads about money. Usually we say, papa don't preach! But this time we might just want to listen ...

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  • Nicole I.

    My dad wasn’t a big talker, probably because he had a thick German accent and we only spoke English since we were raised in the States…. his best advice about finances was “Save your moneys!”… something he said if we ever “had to have” something. Now that he’s passed, my sister and I still remind each other to “Save our moneys” to this day. :0)

  • Nicole I.

    My dad wasn’t a big talker, probably because he had a thick German accent and we only spoke English since we were raised in the States…. his best advice about finances was “Save your moneys!”… something he said if we ever “had to have” something. Now that he’s passed, my sister and I still remind each other to “Save our moneys” to this day. :0)

  • Nicole I.

    My dad wasn’t a big talker, probably because he had a thick German accent and we only spoke English since we were raised in the States…. his best advice about finances was “Save your moneys!”… something he said if we ever “had to have” something. Now that he’s passed, my sister and I still remind each other to “Save our moneys” to this day. :0)

  • Nicole I.

    My dad wasn’t a big talker, probably because he had a thick German accent and we only spoke English since we were raised in the States…. his best advice about finances was “Save your moneys!”… something he said if we ever “had to have” something. Now that he’s passed, my sister and I still remind each other to “Save our moneys” to this day. :0)

  • Nicole I.

    My dad wasn’t a big talker, probably because he had a thick German accent and we only spoke English since we were raised in the States…. his best advice about finances was “Save your moneys!”… something he said if we ever “had to have” something. Now that he’s passed, my sister and I still remind each other to “Save our moneys” to this day. :0)

  • Nicole I.

    My dad wasn’t a big talker, probably because he had a thick German accent and we only spoke English since we were raised in the States…. his best advice about finances was “Save your moneys!”… something he said if we ever “had to have” something. Now that he’s passed, my sister and I still remind each other to “Save our moneys” to this day. :0)

  • Jenny S

    My dad always tells me I’m a “wine drinker on a beer drinker’s budget.” Another Dad gem is “Pretty soon you won’t have a pot to piss in or a window to throw it out of and then you’re up s*it crick without a paddle!”

    • Susan

      the remedy for this solution is buy wine at Trader Joe’s!!  And good discounts of course for non-wine items.

  • Aura F.

    It’s not about the interest rate or the payment…but how much you end up paying in the end.  (On buying cars, houses, etc).  This has helped me save money and find a lot of “hidden charges” I would otherwise have missed.

  • Aerospalce

    Your going to the store? Here is a twenty I Want my change back.

  • Eldie2

    My dad’s great money advise was……Owing it to you is better than cheating you out of it!

  • Woodwigs25

    My dad always had this perspective “Your going to a State College to get some of my tax money back…. Your working for the city to get some of my tax money back”

    • dark chocolate mama

      Don’t state colleges teach you that ‘you’re’ is the contraction for ‘you are’?

      • Anonymous

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      • Anonymous

        Hi ladies, we love a lively discussion, but we request that you always keep it cordial–no personal attacks, please.  Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        Hi ladies, we love a lively discussion, but we request that you always keep it cordial–no personal attacks, please.  Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        Hi ladies, we love a lively discussion, but we request that you always keep it cordial–no personal attacks, please.  Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        Hi ladies, we love a lively discussion, but we request that you always keep it cordial–no personal attacks, please.  Thanks!

      • Anonymous

        Hi ladies, we love a lively discussion, but we request that you always keep it cordial–no personal attacks, please.  Thanks!

    • dark chocolate mama

      Don’t state colleges teach you that ‘you’re’ is the contraction for ‘you are’?

    • dark chocolate mama

      Don’t state colleges teach you that ‘you’re’ is the contraction for ‘you are’?

    • dark chocolate mama

      Don’t state colleges teach you that ‘you’re’ is the contraction for ‘you are’?

    • dark chocolate mama

      Don’t state colleges teach you that ‘you’re’ is the contraction for ‘you are’?

    • dark chocolate mama

      Don’t state colleges teach you that ‘you’re’ is the contraction for ‘you are’?

  • Bombshel73

    My Dad always says “Do your research before buying anything.” and “Cheap doesn’t mean it’s good.” I think he still has a subscription to Consumer Reports magazine :)

  • Faith

    When I  first moved out of the house at the age of 18,  my dear old Dad told me, “Faith, do what you gotta do!”.  (Meaning, don’t be so proud that you won’t take a certain job- even if you have to work at a fast food joint, its still better than siltting around and not making any money at all). Wise words-I’ve always had a job, even if it was waitressing, or cleaning houses, I have always done what I gotta do in order to survive!

  • No

    Turn off the lights.
    Turn down the heat.
    Shut things off when they aren’t in use.
    Now that I pay my own bills, I understand where this advice comes from…

  • My dad always told me to “go where the money is” when it comes to industry/career.  As a Gen Yer, I naturally thought this was totally archaic for a long time, but I’ve found myself heeding his advice recently after realizing that this doesn’t necessarily mean Wall Street, but it does mean that my business now serves clients that are used to working with bigger budgets.  It’s made our lives much easier and made our team much happier.  Thanks Dad!

  • Yanitxa

    My dad said “money is meant to be spent”, basically thought me that spending money for fun experiences is priceless. Don’t be greedy with those you love.

  • Yanitxa

    My dad said “money is meant to be spent”, basically thought me that spending money for fun experiences is priceless. Don’t be greedy with those you love.