The pursuit of happiness is a path riddled with potential missteps. You must truly understand how best to utilize money and the most valuable resource it can purchase. It’s not the house, fancy cars, exotic vacations, gadgets, designer clothing, or anything similar that will bring you lasting joy. I’m fairly certain, everyone will agree that this is the best investment money can buy.
Discover Runaway Expenses by comparing your cost of living to the average American. I’m walking through an exercise using data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics with my daughter. We are going to compare our family’s expenses versus the averages from the Consumer Expenditure Survey. Go through the steps yourself and find areas of opportunity to cut costs or even reveal a philosophical vulnerability, as I did.
Forget the online Financial Independence calculators used to predict early retirement and investment returns. I’m sorry, but you need to create a customized plan to FI or hire a professional to do so. Don’t be discouraged and give up based on results of these tools and think, “I’ll never retire, if I need a bajillion dollars to do so.” Let’s see how a typical american family can retire earlier than anticipated.
How do you think your children would manage money if given the opportunity to earn income, pay expenses, and reap the rewards of a 20% compounding interest rate? My wife and I conducted a 20 week experiment and reviewed our kids decisions using the RoosterMoney app. Are you curious how my kids did and what can be learned from the exercise? I certainly was.
Relating the concept of financial independence (FI) to an activity a child understands is important. This is a letter to my son explaining how his video games are about money management and he doesn’t even know it.