A comment was made not directly to me but it made me think.
“Live a little. You only live once.”
Again, I am STEPPING on TOES but I make no apologies. You have an opinion and mine is different.
I don’t need to have the best of something. I don’t have a flat screen television, a blackberry, a brand new car. My furniture is still mismatched in the bedrooms. I am still using the furniture I got when I was a teenager. I am good with that.
I thought I might have wanted a new car. But boy did I quickly change my mind.
I do want to say, I do feel like we live well. We still have “fun” money. We have never been a family to go out to an expensive restaurant every weekend. On occasion we do and for special events we do and don’t blink an eye now. I go out with friends for girl nights several times a year. Now look our “girl nights” usually consist of a movie and dinner and lots of talking, LOTS.OF.TALKING. sigh
By paying off debt and living debt free, I do not mean you have to stop “having fun and living”. I had that same perception too before I started this journey. We didn’t! I really changed my mind about that very quickly. It is really funny because I feel like I am living more today than I was 2 years ago. I am only 6 months into this debt free journey and have paid over $8,000 + off. What a relief. Plus I am saving for a vacation of a lifetime which has not been counted in that total. I haven’t saved it all yet but looking at the preliminary numbers for June, it is 77 percent. Not too shabby. We leave in a month or so.
I am working on getting the house paid off now. I am off to a slow start but am still determined to do it. I have 7 years left! I have always paid extra on it. We bought our house in 2001. I really wish that I had found this journey before now. I could have already paid that off.
The great thing about being debt free; I am NOT living paycheck to paycheck like I was 9 months ago. I really enjoy being able to go and get what I need or want without a worry of what I was going to have to sacrifice to get it. I am eating healthier because I am watching what goes onto our plates. I am learning new things everyday about cooking, storing food and stretching our dollars.
Life is short. Do you really want to be in debt the rest of it?