Comment on Renting vs Buying by Apathy Ends.
Your breakdown for home ownership looks accurate and I think a lot of people ignore some of the costs.
I prefer to own, and treat any home purchase as an investment on top of a place to live – MN real estate has been insane the last year, a lot of people are priced out of the market
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Set Specific Goals – Aim Small, Miss Small
We have yearly goals set that are pretty specific and track our progress throughout the year.
Savings rate, Roth IRA contributions and 401k contributions are a few we set
One thing we need to start working on is a few longer term goals – that our smaller goals can work towards
Confidence Can Be Learned
Knowing your strengths and weaknesses is a must, play to your strengths and push them to get ahead, but admiting your weaknesses will get you a ton of respect very quickly as well. If you can say “I’m not the person for this job” and pass along a name of the person who is, you win on 2 fronts – admiting you can’t do it all and recommending a co-worker that will be able to return the favor.
I am a terrible trainer, I don’t have enough patience, so when something like that comes along I pass the responsibility to someone who is much better than me – everyone wins
Frugal or Cheap?
If I buy something, it has to be quality – have learned that lesson to many times. Cheap blue ray player was the last straw
I usually go cheap on household goods where brands mean nothing to me.
Strong Support System Benefits
It took me awhile to win Mrs. AE over to the FIRE mindset, but I think we are on the right path now (still banking that she will thank me later)
The community of bloggers is awesome and a valuable resource that I am glad I tapped into so early!
I need to start working on my family, they have no clue how much money we save or our plans to not work forever
Side Business Ideas – Working With Your Hands
I did the blue collar thing while going to college (concrete) and it is tough work! Not something j would want to do everyday.
I do enjoy side projects however, building tables, garden boxes, landscaping etc (as long as it’s on my time and I don’t need to be rushed)
I have considered selling reclaimed wood furniture