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Say No To Your Children Now So You Won’t Have to Later

One of my guilty pleasures is watching Suze Orman every Saturday. I know she tends to polarize people faster than a Tea Party Presidential candidate, but I do enjoy her show. Suze was actually the first financial show I discovered.  I found it while flipping channels on vacation. At that point, we were deeply in debt, and I seriously needed a Suze smackdown. I’ve learned leaps and bounds about taking care of my finances since then. I’ve also learned to take every famous financial “expert” with a grain of salt. If they make their living from telling you how to manage YOUR money, you can bet they want a slice of it too. Back on point, my favorite part of the show is viewer calls. Usually they are pretty funny, but sometimes they strike a nerve. A few weeks ago, one such caller really brought home a point about saying no to your children now so that you don’t have to later. This caller was in her late 40’s, a wife and mother of four. She was a PE teacher, and her husband was an electrician. They didn’t live in a super expensive place. Her oldest child was graduating from ...

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What Do I Miss From My Days of Spending Too Much Money?

If you are on the road to debt freedom or financial independence, are you happy for friends and family when they purchase something new, fancy, and/or expensive, or does it make you cringe a little bit?  Do we feel a bit smug knowing that we are on the better path, or are we really just jealous because we don’t have new jeans from Macy’s with rhinestones on the back pockets? Are we even on the better path? I’ve heard many arguments about why it’s better to spend money when you make it. You could die tomorrow without enjoying things like the new car you wanted or those aforementioned rhinestone jeans. It’s an argument I’ve had with myself, and recently, I tried to remember what things I miss from my days of spending too much money.

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