This is a guest post from Pauline from InvestmentZen.com
You become financially independent the moment your investments yield enough money every month to cover your expenses. You can then decide to stop working and enjoy life, although most people simply decide to slow down a bit, while remaining active. If you are financially independent in your early 40s or even 50s, the perspective of laying in a hammock sipping cocktails all day long for the next 50 years is actually a bit depressing. But in order for your investments to cover your expenses that early, you need to focus on two things:
Spending less Saving more
The less money you need in order to support your lifestyle every month, the quicker you can quit your day job and focus on what is really important to you. Getting rid of your mortgage seems like a great idea in order to get . . . → Read More: Pay Off Your Mortgage Early and Become Financially Independent
The bank no longer has a grip on me – I am 100% debt free.
No credit card debt, no student loan debt, no house debt – they are all paid off in full.
How did I get here? Through careful planning…and then through a whirlwind of hard work and sleepless nights when those careful plans went to crap. It still feels a bit surreal, but as of December 11th, 2014, I am completely debt free (and I intend to stay that way for life).
How I Paid Off My Mortgage – The Crazy Idea Comes Into Fruition
It was about one year after my wife left me. She had demanded $22,000 and I was miraculously able to come up with all of the money in just six months. Sure, I was frugal before and enjoyed saving money, but I had no idea that it was possible for me to . . . → Read More: How I Paid Off My $54,500 Mortgage In Less Than One Year
I have spent the last 11 months aggressively paying down my mortgage with the hopes of making the final payment here in December. So am I going to pay off the mortgage this month? It actually looks promising! Before I get too far ahead of myself, let me show you how I’ve gotten to this point.
From the Beginning: Pay Off The Mortgage in 2014
After paying my ex the $20,000 she demanded in 2013, I realized how quickly I could actually accumulate money! This got me thinking about the mortgage I hated, and I soon began to wonder if I could make it disappear inside of a single year! To do this I would have to come up with $54,500 in 12 short months – not an easy task, but I rolled my sleeves up and dove in.
From the very beginning I cut down on my bills, spent . . . → Read More: Will I Pay Off The Mortgage This Month?
Have you been paying attention to the housing market lately? Ever since the value of homes began rising in late 2011, they just haven’t slowed down! In the past few months, I have seen only a hand-full of for sale signs out in the front yard, and they certainly don’t last long. Many of these houses are being sold in 15 days, 11 days, and others in just 2 days! The housing market has certainly picked up steam, and the rising housing prices are an obvious indicator of this.
To be completely transparent, this is awesome news for me as I just so happened to purchase my first home in August, 2011. I mean, take a look at Zillow’s estimate of my home value after I made the purchase (that dollar sign is my purchase, and the solid blue line is my house value).
This chart always . . . → Read More: Is The Next Housing Market Crash Coming?
I think it was two years ago already that my neighbor walked up to me, introduced herself, and then quickly asked, “So when do you think you’ll paint the house?” I was obviously a taken off-guard a bit, and eventually responded with, “Probably soon.”
I still haven’t painted the house…
My neighbor is probably sitting in her chair right now, stewing at the fact that I have not yet improved my home with a little bit of paint, but I have a dilemma on my hands! If I hire someone to paint my house for $3,500 (I got a quote last year), then I will certainly not hit my goal of paying off the home mortgage this year. And, as you all have probably gathered by now, I am slightly goal oriented (note the sarcasm) and always have a strong drive to succeed.
Thoughts of Painting the House . . . → Read More: To Pay the Mortgage or Paint the House?