What does freedom mean to you? Americans continue to feud about that question like the Hatfields and McCoys. But to this Yankee, personal freedom means, above all, freedom from financial angst. Life is too short to spend it fretting about debt, regret, and lost dreams.
It’s not that hard to get out of the red. Just yesterday, the Star Tribune’s “Your Money” column offered 5 tips that may be easier read than done, but can help achieve financial indpendence. The author suggests spending some holiday weekend time (on the hammock) pondering these sensible ideas.
Thanks to Ms. McGuire for keeping the holiday speech upbeat. That’s not easy. Consider: A TIME magazine poll recently found that 19% of Americans think they are in the top 1% of income earners. With such widespread delusional living, it’s no surprise we have an epidemic of economic dysfuncionality.
The good news, of course, is that here in the USA, we remain mostly free to determine our own destiny. Our money habits will determine much of that fate, as well as whether one can afford that career break, or even a simple, sweet vacation at the lake.
So take Kara’s advice. And if you want 11 (super-short) more ideas, speed-read my “11 Commandments of Fiscal Fitness.” Then, enjoy a day off. Watch the clouds and the fireworks. And envision a life free from financial fear.