I have been in the PF blogosphere for awhile now and have gorged on net worth updates and debt payoff stories. Much to my own chagrin I even published my own debt payoff story. I harbored some reticence because I didn’t think the story was really much of an underdog story, but other bloggers had it as cornerstone content, so I did it too.
Lately, I’ve been stumbling on a few more how I saved x dollars by y time and while enticing at first when I close the post I find myself a little disappointed. It is all starting to get a little sententious for me, I suppose.
Case in point, when I did my post on selective poverty, I hoped to compare FIRE budgets with poverty and be surprised that wow, these people really are living on so little. The data didn’t really show that. Then I remembered my own life. My aunt raised 4 kids (none of us were her biological children) on a max income of $40,000. She did that because that was the best job she could find even after getting her doctorate. She faced a lot of discrimination and eventually went into substitute teaching and staffing group homes until she retired at age 62.
But while she was raising us, we ate free and reduced breakfast and lunch at school because we qualified for it; we had hand me downs and home-made clothes because before reaching her max income that’s what we could afford. When things got better, we took lots of fun road trips around America with our pb and j kits in the back; sneaking into hotel rooms when they wanted to charge for each kid; splitting extra value meals at McDonald’s; and getting Dairy Queen blizzards in the middle of winter when they were free.
So when I went to write my How I Saved 100k by Age 34 post, the idea stuck around in my draft list for two months because I couldn’t in good conscience tell my 10 readers that the way to six-figure savings was to live simply- buying second hand stuff, using credit card rewards, getting a cool side hustle; oh and save 90% or more of your income.
No, I can’t do that. I know better. So here’s my #1 tip to saving $100k by your next milestone birthday…
#1 Find yourself in a position to earn $100k/ year and then don’t spend half of it. Do that twice.