So, we are finally here... able to live and give like no one else. I am so excited to share this last post, concluding this series and hopefully inspiring you to take action.
So, what now? What is next for us? So many things! I love this post from Will that he wrote before we paid off our house, and now I'll share with you my take on "What we plan to do, now that we are debt free!"
- Give more to our church
- Shop at Whole Foods for groceries
- Add a "date night" envelope to our budget
- Increase our blow money
- Pay for someone else’s restaurant tab anonymously
- Learn more about our investments
- Buy counter culture coffee
- Continue to invest
- Throw a dinner party for our friends
- Get Winston a big bed
- Sponsor another Compassion child
- Plan a vacation to celebrate
- Continue to work hard and grow my business
- Continue to save for a bigger house
- Continue to do a budget
- Continue to read and learn about finances
- Continue to teach Financial Peace University
That's a pretty exciting list if you ask me. Of course it will change as we continue to learn and grow, but I am excited to begin living the life we've worked so hard for!
(Photo by Callie)
There were some key lessons I've learned through this journey, lessons I never want to forget:
- Personal finance really is 80% behavior and 20% head knowledge.
- Your money will disappear if you don't tell it where to go.
- Materialism is a cheap substitute for real joy. (Don't let marketing and Pinterest make you think otherwise!)
- Contentment is the key to financial success.
- Self denial has great rewards. In a culture that thrives on instant gratification, it is hard, but worth it.
- Wealthy people think long-term, big-picture, and set goals accordingly. Stressed, broke people live paycheck to paycheck with no overall, long-term plan.
- Nothing will strengthen your marriage more than linking arms with your spouse and tackling a goal together. For us, paying off our house was one of our greatest accomplishments and one of the best relationship-strengthening things we've done.
- You will learn so much about yourself if you choose to set boundaries in your finances.
- The funnest, most gratifying thing you'll ever do with money is give it away.
Financial Peace University - Dave's 9 week class on personal finance*
Entreleadership - Dave's book on small business
The Millionaire Next Door - a fascinating book : a study on millionaires (and how you can be one too)
Boundaries - book on personal boundaries; helpful in many areas of life including finances
Thou Shall Prosper - book about finances relating to Jewish culture
The Dave Ramsey Show - radio show for inspiration (free podcasts available on iTunes. Raleigh radio AM 680 : on air from 10am - 12noon, from 7pm-8pm)
Stitcher - iPhone app for listening to your favorite radio podcasts
Deluxe Envelope System - great way of keeping track of your envelopes
Will's Blog - Will regularly blogs about personal finance - it's his passion. He will continue his take on "our story" and also give much advice, resources and tips throughout the year.