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Entry from October 19, 2014
“If you’re planning to teach your children the value of a dollar, you’d better hurry up”

Parents often teach their children “the value of a dollar.” “"Teach your children the value of a dollar and the value of saving in their early days” was cited in a bank’s newspaper advertisement in 1915.

A weakening dollar has added some caustic humor to the saying. “Wise parents used to teach children the value of a dollar. Nowadays, it’s just as well not to tell them” was cited in 1957. “If you’re going to teach your children the value of a dollar, you’ll have to do it awfully fast!” was cited in 1966. “My wife says that if we want to teach our children the value of a dollar we’d better hurry up and do it” was cited in 1968.


21 January 1915, The Daily Plain Dealer (Wabash, IN), pg. 8, col. 6 ad:
Savings Suggestions
FOURTH OF SERIES
“Teach your children the value of a dollar and the value of saving in their early days. Let them acquire the thrift habit as they grow up.”
CITIZENS SAVINGS & TRUST CO.

20 November 1923, The Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA), pg. 27, col. 7 ad:
Teach your children the value of a dollar. Encourage them to save a little money systematically. They will thank you when they grow up.
UNION NATIONAL BANK

29 November 1957, Sandusky (OH) Register, pg. 18, col. 4:
Wise parents used to teach children the value of a dollar. Nowadays, it’s just as well not to tell them.

30 March 1960, Rockford (IL) Morning Star, pg. 10A, col. 3:
From the Baltimore Sun
Parents used to teach their children the value of a dollar. Now it would be just as well not to tell them.

23 June 1966, The Indian Journal (Eufaula, OK), pg. 2, col. 5:
Thought for the day: If you’re going to teach your children the value of a dollar, you’ll have to do it awfully fast!

2 February 1967, The Daily Reporter (Dover, OH), “Day Brightener,” pg. 1, col. 2:
Teach your children the value of a dollar and they’ll ask for more money.

11 November 1968, Baytown (TX) Sun, “Loosely Speaking” by Ron Lennard, pg. 6, col. 3:
My wife says that if we want to teach our children the value of a dollar we’d better hurry up and do it.

7 March 1969, Rockford (IL) Register-Republic, “Retain Interest Rates: Reserve Board To Keep Credit Tight to Slow Down Economy” by Henry J. Taylor (Former U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland), pg. A-16, cols. 3-4:
There’s a saying around today that any father who wants to teach his children the value of a dollar had better be quick about it.

Google Books
The Catering Industry Employee:
Official Journal of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees’ International Alliance and Bartenders’ International League of America

Volumes 80-81
1971
Pg. 6:
If you want to teach your children the value of a dollar, you’d better hurry up.

13 March 1972, Aberdeen (SD) American-News, “Earl Wilson’s New York,” pg. 4, col. 5:
WISH I’D SAID THAT: Parents used to teach their children the value of a dollar. Today they try to keep the bad news from the kids as long as possible.—Bobby Vinton.

Google News Archive
22 May 1972, Beaver County (PA) Times, “Quotes,” pg. A-6, col. 3:
If you’re going to teach your children the value of a dollar you’ll have to do it awfully fast. We all know the dollar isn’t worth as much as it once was...Inflation means that instead of having the money you haven’t got, you have twice as much, but it’s worth only half of what you would have if you had what you haven’t got.—Tabor (Iowa) Beacon-Enterprise.

17 July 1972, Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), “What They’re Saying,” pg. 17-A, col. 1:
“Somebody said recently, ‘if you’re going to teach your children the value of a dollar, you’ll have to do it awfully fast.’ We all know the dollar isn’t worth as much as it once was.” (...)—Tabor, Iowa, Beacon-Enterprise.

Google News Archive
20 February 1979, Milwaukee (WI) Journal, GreenSheet, pg. 1 banner:
If you want to teach your children the value of a dollar, you’d better hurry up

Google Books
The Pains and Pleasures of Parenthood
By Lib Uzzell Griffin
Nashville, TN : Broadman Press
1985
Pg. 65:
In fact, if you want to teach your children the value of a dollar, you’d better hurry.

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