Happy New Year! I have two posts to share today. I’m living one dream (read on) and focusing on the next ones (via my 2018 Goals).
I recently attended a funeral. But unlike most, this funeral wasn’t a somber event. In fact, it was more like a tribute since the deceased lived a long and fulfilled life, and it felt like a celebration of the person. As these things tend to do, it got me thinking about my own life. Two specific questions came to mind:
- If I passed away today, what would be the highlights of my eulogy?
- How would they differ from what I’d want them to be?
Reading hundreds of blog posts surrounding the personal finance community, it’s easy to get a little jealous of others’ success. I mean, on a daily basis I read about people going from rags to riches, or having a $1M income, or people retiring at an obscenely young age. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I think it’s time to step back and focus on all the reasons I have to be thankful.
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My family recently received the best kind of dividend. He’s small in size and already has made a huge impact on our lives. Our family of three has become four, as we welcomed our second son into the world.
Once the initial shock and joy wore off, I remembered that kids are expensive. They’re also unlikely to speed up a plan toward Financial Independence. Well, unless that plan is to have your kids support you.
When it was time to write this post, I was a little sleep deprived. With a foggy brain, I decided to reach out to some experts in the Personal Finance Blogging community. I asked for their strategies on keeping the cost of children under control. I think you’ll like their answers and expect you’ll also find some ways to save money on child expenses. Continue reading “New Baby!?! How To Save Money on Child Expenses”
3-Year-Old Son: Daddy, can you play trains with me?
Me: I’m sorry, I can’t play right now, I need to go to work.
3-Year-Old Son: [Sad Face]
Me: One day, I’ll have enough money that I won’t have to work.
3-Year-Old Son: And then you can stay home and play with me all day? [Happy Face]
Unfortunately, by the time I have the money to stay home, I’m not sure my son will want me to play trains with him all day. I expect that he may have other interests by then. I was very impressed by how quick he grasped the concept of doing what you want with your time once you have enough to support yourself.
Once You are Financially Independent You Can:
- Continue working to increase your lifestyle
- Quit a job that makes you unhappy
- Start a business without the pressure of needing to succeed right away
- Spend more time with friends and family
- Spend time on a hobby you are passionate about
- Work to financially support or volunteer for your favorite cause
- You may even be able to do a number of these things, – or thousands of others – the possibilities are endless!
Some mornings, before heading into the office, my son looks at me with a sad face and asks:
Mini WPF: Daddy, do you have to go to work today?
Mini WPF: Why?
Me: I go, so that I can pay for our house and food.
Mini WPF: And toys?
Me: Yes, and toys.