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Personal Finance Ladder

Updated 3/30/17

Only a certifiable nerd curates the 3 most credible resources:  Ladder Of Personal Finance and Stages of Personal Finance

  1. Money Boss: 6 Stages Of Financial Freedom  
  2. Mr Money Mustache: Spectrum of Financial Idiocy
  3. Free Money Finance: Steps 1-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-21, 22-24, 25-27, 28-30 & 10 Similar

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Personal Finance Ladder

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When Steve and Annette Economides from Scottsdale, Arizona got married in 1982, they made a conscious decision to always live below their means.  In fact, they even made it part of their wedding vows.  The first big test came shortly thereafter when the car broke down.  For the next month, Steve rode a bike to work and the couple committed to saving even more.  Annette reflected on that time saying, “Friends lent us an occasional vehicle over weekends. They’re still good friends of ours.”

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Steve worked as an advertising account executive and graphic designer and Annette was a stay-at-home mom, raising five children on an income that rarely exceeded $40,000 a year. Steve and Annette defined living below their means as paying for all their expenses, including adding to savings each month and charitable giving.  At the time, that was about $800 a month. Every month, three accounts were prioritized: rent (later a mortgage that they eventually paid off in nine years), charitable giving, and an emergency fund.  They used a single savings account and a simple spreadsheet to keep track of all the items for which they were saving each month including, car repair, car replacement, home repair, medical emergencies, & emergency travel.  Their system worked and after years of focus, by July, 2015, Steve and Annette had amassed almost a million dollars. – adapted from Get Rich Slowly

Journey far,

― Joe

If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.
Stephen Covey

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