Being part of an OFW family means that you are either sending or receiving hard earned monthly remittances. Sometimes though, having a lot of money in your hands creates an illusion that you and your family now have the license to spend and buy anything you want. There is a rush of excitement in being able to afford appliances, eat out, build a big house, travel, and give away money to loved ones.
There is nothing wrong with enjoying what you worked for. You must consider though the objectives behind the decision for a family member to work abroad. Focus on sending the kids to school, building a decent house, repaying debts, and establishing a financial foundation. Remember that our ability to work is not eternal. Retirement, sickness, layoffs, and other reasons could cause you to lose your source of income. Thus, it is important for an OFW family to have a wise financial plan.
Remember how God gave us the example of the ant who labored well during summer to prepare for the rainy season (Prov. 6:6-11). Take the necessary steps to inform yourself and your whole family about financial planning, which includes saving and investing. Teach your children through example how to be wise in saving and spending.
God meant us to be good stewards of His blessings and resources. The reality is the supply of money is not endless. Be wise and plan.