My wife and I have been paying down the principal on our $200,000 mortgage for almost four years now. The balance currently sits at $20,000. We are knocking at the door of mortgage payoff paradise!
From time to time, I receive questions from the Marriage, Kids and Money audience. I thought this week I’d shake up the show format a little bit by answering one of the questions I received recently about controlling expenses when we have a high income. Enjoy!
Reaching financial independence takes a whole lot of drive and determination. It definitely does not come to us overnight. There are difficult steps that we must take to earn the truly awesome rewards that come with owning our own time and choosing the direction of our day.
One of those major milestone steps is escaping the grips of student loan debt.
In an effort to build up our savings lately, I’ve been researching a lot about how we can cut back our annual expenses. I’ve found that there’s a fine balance between reducing our overall spending and maintaining our current level of family happiness. After all, we could save 100% of our income, but that would leave us with no food, no home and no fun. (Insert sad face emoji here).
Six years ago, I decided to go credit card free. I had gone through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University where the credit card was labeled as the enemy of financial freedom. Since Mr. Ramsey’s advice had helped me in so many other areas of my financial life, like paying off our debt and getting proper insurance coverage, I thought avoiding credit cards completely was the smart way to go.
When I read the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey in 2011, I knew going through all of the 7 baby steps could take quite a while. The book’s structure of saving money, paying off debt and investing was simple and easy to understand, but it definitely had some years attached to it. This was not a “get rich quick book” for sure. Nevertheless, I was intrigued and inspired to follow Dave’s 7 steps and see where it took me and my new family.
Over the last year on my podcast, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with a collection of millionaire entrepreneurs, early retirees and personal finance experts. These conversations have allowed me to learn, grow and inspire others to win with their finances and create a better future for their family. After each episode, I share a quote that motivates me and the listeners of the podcast to take action.