Mark and Anna were married for 11 years. Anna was an optician while Mark worked at the local post office. He had a knack for organization and was clearly a neat freak.
This didn’t bother Anna because Mark did the most of cleaning around the house as well as taking care of the bills.
When Mark came down with pneumonia and died from complications, Anna found herself without her rock, and not knowing which way was up.
While grieving, she had to search for Mark’s death insurance policy. She wasn’t even sure it existed or if it was up to date.
A woman who hadn’t paid a bill in 11 years was now responsible for a mortgage, car payment, utilities, phone bill, etc…..all during the worst time of her life.
It’s true, you never know when you might be dealt a lousy hand…whether it’s a separation, a divorce or death. No one goes into a marriage (at least not most) anticipating one of those things to happen.
So I’ve compiled a short list of 8 things every woman should know how to do.
1. Manage a bank account
That debit/credit card that you swipe when making a purchase is connected to a bank account. Online banking is extremely popular and convenient. It’s important to know how much money you have available so that you don’t overspend and end up at a soup kitchen.
2. Pay Bills
You should know how to pay bills but most importantly, how to pay them on time. You could end up with less than stellar credit that will take a while to rebuild.
Not knowing how to drive is kinda like not knowing how to read to those of us that learned early on. However, if you don’t know how to drive don’t be discouraged. It’s never too late to learn a new skill. Either enlist the help of a loved one or take an adult driving course.
4. Earn a living
If your husband became permanently disabled, what would be your source of income? Do you have a backup plan if the Golden Goose could no longer produce golden eggs? Or if he left the chicken coop altogether?
4. Car Maintenance
Every woman should know basic car maintenance such as changing a tire, replacing oil, and how to jump-start it. However, most people are covered for these things under car insurance or programs like AAA. Just be sure to know exactly what your insurance covers and have the card with you or in the car at all times.
5. Protect yourself
Woman are easy targets for crime and criminals love to prey on those who don’t have a clue of what’s going on around them. Simply walking with confidence and awareness is a big deterrent for gutter rats who have nothing better to do than to harm another human being.
6. Use technology
There’s a gadget for just about everything. I have an app on my phone that works as a remote control for my TV. The actual remote is always MIA but my phone usually stays close to me. Easy and convenient.
Technology, if used correctly, is quite beneficial.
7. Use tools
Don’t know the difference between a phillips head and a flat head screwdriver? Have you ever used a hammer before? If not, now’s the time to get acquainted with basic tools. After all, your neighbors husband doesn’t want to be your regular maintenance guy….unless you’re paying him, of course.
8. Mow the lawn
Not a very glamorous chore to have, but it’s only grass. The taller the grass, the more difficult it is to cut. So don’t procrastinate!
These are basic, self-reliant starting points. The more that you can do for yourself, the less you will have to rely on others.
What else should a woman know how to do to be self-reliant?