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Sad/Happy Debt Story

Unless we are fortunate enough to be independently wealthy, most of us go into our first real jobs with the hopes of increased income. What I have to wonder is why do many of us also feel we have to increase our lifestyles? With regret and relief, I’ll share the story of two supposedly smart people who got caught up the trap of consumerism. When I met my husband, I was an optometry resident making around $22,000 per year.  He was a non-traditional college student, having gone back to school after working in a number of jobs over the years before finally realizing that he wanted to be a teacher.  He worked part time as a ski instructor in the winters and as landscaper in the summers and made much less than my $22K. Did we feel poor? Wow, no. We love the outdoors, and spent most of our free time mountain biking or hiking. We traveled to different ski areas in the winter. He usually knew someone who could get us cheap lift tickets, and we’d sleep in the floor at a friend of a friend’s house.  If I wanted something I didn’t have money for, I worked a Saturday at the local Walmart ...

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Does Credit Card Debt Have You Stuck?

Today I saw one of the most amazing and bizarre events. I was out for a jog along one of the busiest streets in our town, one block off main street. I came to an intersection and noticed that the street was blocked off by the police, a fire truck, and a variety of other uniformed officers from divisions of different things.  There was a gathering of people at the barrier, all looking up at a rather large black bear stuck up in a tree. From another observer, I found out that the bear had been up there for several hours, and animal control had just tranquilized him, which explained the uniformed men standing under the tree with a big tarp. (ouch!) I watched for a while and then went on my way. What if the poor fellow wakes up when he falls? You only have to be faster than the slowest person, but you never know. As I was finishing up my run, this post came to me. I guess I am ready to have this blog if I can relate just about any event to personal finance. After that lengthy introduction, you might ask how this bear stuck up a tree reminded me of credit card debt. If you think ...

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