Don’t even try to deny it: You grew up watching Disney movies. We all grew up watching Disney movies, really. And we all should know by now that hidden deep in every Disney movie – or even sometimes not so very deep – there’s a little nugget of wisdom that’s worth carrying around with us into our adult lives. But these lessons are usually about morality, love, family, or friendship. How could any of that possibly apply to the way you spend your money? You just might be surprised. They may not be the moral of the story, but here are some things to think about.
Snow White – Beware of Shiny ApplesThere may be times when a certain item seems to be calling your name. It’s a sweet siren song, begging to be bought, and more than anything it wants you to be the one doing the buying. And it’s perfect, you think to yourself. Why wouldn’t you need a brand new flat screen TV the size of your wall? These pans are non-stick – you wouldn’t need to butter or oil it up! You just have to have it, at any cost. Well, don’t you bite into that apple, Snow White. It’s a trap, and you’d best keep your hands at your side and your wallet firmly in your pocket.
Oliver and Company – Be Careful with Loans
There will often be times during which we may need to take out a loan, whether it’s a major loan from a bank or even just borrowing some money from friends or family. So naturally, since that’s not a small favor to be asking of whomever it is you’ve asked, you want to be smart about paying it back. As much as possible, try to do so in a timely fashion so as to avoid a sudden, panic-inducing three day ultimatum. And please make sure that you’ll actually be able to pay your loaner back. It would be pretty terrible to have to resort to kidnapping a kitten for ransom just to get yourself free and clear, no matter how kind and well meaning you may be.
Cinderella – Be ResourcefulYou’re going to a super fancy party and you need a brand new dress for the ball. Normally that would be a ridiculous expense, but if you’re like Cinderella and her mousey friends, why not just go ahead and make one? If you have the know-how and the materials to get something done for infinitely cheaper, it’s usually a pretty good idea to go the cheaper route. Yes, it would almost certainly take you more time to do it this way, but just think about how much money you’ll have been able to save in the process. Alternately you could have a bunch of really good friends who are willing to drop everything to make your dress for you. It worked for Cindy.
Aladdin – Don’t Let Money Change You
Not to say that the rugged thief look was a good place to start, but strength of character is always important to maintain. Suddenly coming into money has a tendency to turn just about anyone into the worst impulse buyer you’ve ever seen. If you should ever find yourself lucky enough to get promoted or to be on the receiving end of a huge raise, be careful of losing your cooler, budget-conscious self. Whatever good money habits you’ve formed in the past, keep them up. You wouldn’t want your diamond-in-the-rough status to be revoked based on a lapse in judgment.
Princess and the Frog – Save, Save, SaveEveryone has their big lifelong dreams and their ambitious goals. The unfortunate truth about dreams is that a lot of them require some amount of money to be able to realistically achieve them. Which is why it’s important to work hard, be patient, and save up for the things that you want to do in life. That’s exactly what Tiana did, steadily and patiently over a long amount of time without giving up. You wouldn’t want to be too much like her fun-loving prince, who spent so much of his allowance that he was cut off by his parents.
Tangled – You Don’t Need Money to Have Fun
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with spending your days at home without spending a single dime to keep entertained. Rereading the same three books, doing chores, and climbing the walls with your ridiculously long hair will never stop be entertaining. Unless of course you don’t actually have hair that long.