When my daughter Zoey was born we met with a financial advisor to discuss her future college needs. He advised us that for Zoey to attend an in-state college like Michigan State University, we’d be looking at a price tag of about $200,000. 4 years of college would cost us $200,000!
When our daughter Zoey was born, we purchased a boatload of baby products. Some of those items were extremely helpful and others not so much. Quite honestly, we were new parents and had no clue what we were doing, but we definitely learned quickly.
Mortgages. Electric bills. Unexpected repairs. Owning a home can be quite expensive. Every day it seems like there is a new bill to pay or something to fix. Didn’t someone tell us owning a home was a great investment at one point in our lives? We are spending so much to maintain this “asset” that sometimes it doesn’t feel like it’s worth it.
I’d like to flip the typical script on costly home ownership and talk about ways that this asset of ours can make US some money.
Lately, the shows and interviews I’ve been doing have been focusing on decreasing your expenses and increasing your income. When we make improvement in these two areas, it’ll allow us to become experts in increasing our net worth and our opportunities for financial independence. Today, we’re diving into increasing your income through real estate.
Will this winter ever end?!
I don’t know why I’m surprised at how long this winter has lasted. I’ve lived in Michigan for over 25 years now. You think I’d be used to it. This is just the time of year I go a little stir crazy!
The commitments Nicole and I made to each early on in our marriage have helped us to remain a strong, supportive and loving couple. One of those difficult decisions was whether or not we should combine our finances together when we got married. We figured that if honesty and teamwork were the pillars that hold up a strong relationship, joining our bank accounts and declaring it’s not “my money” and “your money” anymore was a great place to start.
Every day, I look for ways to better myself. And this blog has been my medium for that betterment over the last 6 months. It has kept me honest when it comes to being the best husband and Dad I can be as well as with growing our family net worth.
Earlier this year, I set a goal of having a net worth of $1,000,000 by the time I turn 40. What seemed like a lofty goal at one point in my life now seems decently feasible. I owe a lot of that success to the investment I’ve made in my education. And no, I’m not talking about college degrees (Go Green!). I’m talking about the small investments I’ve made in purchasing some of the most inspirational, eye-opening and motivating books out there on business, personal finance and professional growth.
So you got a big tax return?! Sweet! What an awesome feeling!
The big question is … What should you do with this unexpected money now at your disposal?