My Story, (briefly)
I moved to Los Angeles after graduating college into the cheapest room I could find; the first check for $300 a month cleared by $43.
I then proceeded to work my ass off, with one goal in mind, SAVE money.
What was I saving for? Not a rainy day, but rather a sunny one. One I could enjoy without looking out of the window of an office.
I saved for the freedom to do what I wanted, when I wanted.
Yes, I went without. While my friends bought nice cars, and alcohol for prospective dates, I drove the same Toyota until it broke down, and was dryer than Utah.
I only worked a 9-5 for a brief amount of time, then always for myself. I was also lucky enough to be 23 during the internet boom.
I put the money in the bank, made some wise investments which grew the nest egg, and today have the ability to travel and work when I Choose to, and often from whatever location I am in.
My goal in saving was to let my money start working for me, so that I could have free time. The definition of investing: consuming less now so that you can consume more later.
It doesn’t take as much as you’d think to lead such a lifestyle, especially if you’re single, or your partner is willing to live minimalistically. And for each of you out there reading, your criteria will be different than mine. Some may want and feel that they need way more, and some of you could do with less, but my goal is to help inspire and offer specific tips on building your nest egg.
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