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The $2 That Is The Difference Between Financial Stress and Financial Freedom

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The topic of money can be stressful. In fact, in the US today, money fights and money problems are the number one reason for relationship breakdown and divorce.

Whether you like to talk about money or not, interacting with it is impossible to avoid. Mortgage, bills, gas, taxes, insurance, food all require money

In order to have money to spend, you have to make money; you need an income.  This is the money you earn.  And whether you earn a million dollars per year or minimum wage, the most important $2 you will earn is the same.  The most important $2 you will earn each month are the two dollars that take you from being a “dollar short” to a “dollar over.”

Think about it, if it takes you and your family $4000 per month to live, and you earn $3999, you are one dollar short every month and this deficiency, albeit small, will eventually lead to financial stress.  On the contrary, if you earn $4001 with expenses being $4000/month, you have a surplus, and you will never have to worry about having enough.

Obviously we encourage you to reduce your expenses and increase your income so your surplus is more than $1 per month.  In fact, the recommendation is try and work toward a budget that has a 15% surplus so you can adequately save, plan, and have greater peace related to money.

In my own personal journey, I have had many amazing experiences and bought my share of cool stuff.  Whenever I am asked to share my opinion on personal finance, I am quick to say that nothing I have ever purchased provides the fulfillment close to that having my finances under control.

Financial security is freedom. The key is to live beneath your means. Spend less than you make, avoid debt, save for the future, and you will be one step closer to your OolaLife.

 

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OolaFitness: Ironman
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OolaField: Formally retired at age 42. Now does only what he wants only when he wants to be
OolaFaith: Yet not the man he wants to be, but grateful he is not the man he used to be
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