Friday was my last day at Job #3. Although it didn’t last as long as I had originally planned, I am happy it has ended. I have found that 17-hour work days leave little time for cleaning my home, laundry, eating, sleeping, and comprehending the world around me. I was a living zombie the last few weeks. But I banked some money by practicing frugal habits, and Job #3 paychecks were directly deposited into my Financial Freedom account. I could have used some of this money to pay more on the credit card bills. Since I am already paying an amount that will allow me to see a zero balance in 10 months, I felt that putting it all into future investments would balance my efforts.
Now I am focused on putting more hours into my own freelance business, attracting new clients, learning about other aspects of the business, and improving my skills overall. The extra job enforced my drive to make my own business more profitable, and to continue my own goal of financial freedom. I missed a family gathering this month, and I want to be able to attend future gatherings – with no concern over money. Family and friends are a priority. I can offer so much more to them if I keep my eye on the goal.
What are you working toward? Do you put family and friends at the top of the list, and understand that achieving a better financial future will allow you to give them more of yourself? I wrote about Amy Dacyczyn in my last post, and how she practiced frugality and thrift in the 90s. She was able to retire early and offer more time to her family as a result. Her husband was a willing and supportive participant in those goals. I am single and pursuing this goal on my own, but I have begun to understand the importance of sharing with loved ones. My financial buddy who has walked this journey with me from the beginning. My sweetheart, Bill Spaid, and my grown sons are informed of my decisions. I value their input and I am very grateful for their support.
Here are some great frugality sources for you:
- The Complete Tightwad Gazette, by Amy Dacyczyn
- The Dollar Stretcher
- Good and Cheap, by Leann Brown
- Living on the Cheap