This post has been written by Sarah Brooks, a freelance writer fighting for financial independence within this world of materialism and consumption. Take a look at her awesome story below and her discoveries from her journey so far.
As a consumer living in America, we are surrounded by debt. Whether we’re adding to it, maintaining it or trying to claw our way out, debt is everywhere we turn. Debt is also a necessary evil—you have to have it in order to build your credit, but how much is too much?
When my now-husband and I met, the last thing we . . . → Read More: The Brooks’ Story: How We Got Out of Debt, Saved, and Are Working Our Way Towards Financial Independence
Nutty the squirrel didn’t really feel like gathering up nuts this fall. After all, he has worked hard for 20 seasons prior to this one. He deserves a break! Just this once he would like something good to happen to him, so this year he decided to be a little more proactive about his luck.
“Hey Rocky, how about we make a deal this year?” inquired Nutty. “I have worked hard all my life and really deserve to take a break this fall. If you gather nuts for me, I promise that I’ll gather yours for you next season. Plus, . . . → Read More: I Can’t Stand Lazy Squirrels
Having financial conversations with friends and family is often taboo, but these are my favorite kinds of discussions! A few years back, my neighbor was absolutely convinced that her car loan was “good debt” because it allowed her to get to work and earn a living. I strongly disagreed and left that conversation shaking my head. But who was right? And what is the difference between good debt and bad debt?
My Research Led Me to a Childish Outburst
When I started looking up various opinions on this topic, I came across an article from CNN Money. This is how . . . → Read More: What is the Difference Between Good Debt and Bad Debt?
Almost every single American is earning an extremely large income each week. You may think I am joking, but I am dead serious. If your family earns more than $40,000 a year, you are officially one of the top income earners in the world. Sure, you definitely aren’t Bill Gates, but you are earning so much money that you can afford two cars, a home, electricity, indoor plumbing, and probably even air conditioning. What a luxurious life you have!
Mr. Money Mustache is an amazing blogger that recently opened my eyes to the many opportunities that Americans have . . . → Read More: You May Not Believe Me, But Debt is NOT a Financial Problem
Did you know that your entire financial future can be summed up with just two emotions? Your purchases, investing, saving, giving, earning, and spontaneous spending, can all be explained because of a couple basic emotions known to each one of us. However, because many of us cannot control these two emotions, we end up unhappy and broke, but have a lot of stuff.
The First Emotion: Fear
When student first graduate from college, they are met with one of the biggest challenges of their entire lives: finding their first career job. Sure, there have been jobs before, but . . . → Read More: Our Entire Financial Future, Controlled by Two Emotions
Our culture today is all about making a large income and buying a bunch of stuff on credit to “enjoy life to the fullest”, but in my experience, this often leads to discontentment, stress, and a constant want for more. One would think that the higher income earners would have a ton of money socked away in the bank, ready to retire at any time, but this isn’t how it typically works is it? If one’s salary is $50,000 a year, they finance a new Chevy Malibu. If their salary bumps up to $100,000 a year, they finance . . . → Read More: How Quickly Could You Retire If You Had No Debt?
Have you ever heard of the term, “delayed gratification“? The term may sound a bit intimidating at first, but it is truly not a difficult phrase to understand. Simply put, it basically means that you avoid splurging today so that you can reap an even larger reward in the future.
The Marshmallow Test
Back in the late 1950′s, children (ages 4 to 6) were tested to see which of them could delay their gratification. Here is how the test went:
One child entered a closed room with a table and no other distractions. The adult that . . . → Read More: What is Delayed Gratification and How Important Is It?