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Our Retirement home has a small natural lake on it that has attracted a lot of people who enjoy fishing. For the first year we lived here it was a monthly if not weekly occurrence where we would look out the window and see some random people fishing. After finding out the lake had been over fished we have had to put a stop to it, but we made one exception.
Before we moved we had a gap of almost six months where the house was vacant and our “monitoring” system was two different camera systems I had installed that would alert me of any motion. One day while at work a video popped up on my phone showing a stranger walking through our carport and taking a kayak out on the lake. It turns out the kid had permission from a former tenant and thankfully played football with the son of the Deputy that was dispatched. Oops.. Since that time the now 18-year-old young man has managed to be the only person I still allow to fish here. He is a good kid that loves fishing and has dreams of being a pro someday. He is graduating from high school over the summer and has started his first paying job at a local fast food place. He is living at home and although he might get a scholarship for poetry, he is likely going to be paying for most of it himself. Like most kids that are about to graduate from high school he has absolutely no idea of how to managed money. The good part is he knows he doesn’t and is willing to learn.
Although I started working on the outline for this series before being asked for help, I finally have a “why” to drive me to actually work on it. Don’t worry I can promise you that unless you are already Financially Independent, the fact that you aren’t an 18 year old high school student won’t stop you from learning something new. This series will also help me frame up what I will be teaching my own two kids about money.
Bad, Better, Baller
Everyone makes money mistakes in their lives, but the good news is that if you are still breathing then you still have a chance to improve your situation. The reason I say improve is that you don’t need to solve all your money problems, reach Financial Independence, or have millions of dollars. All you need to do is get a little bit better in one area at a time. Through this series I am going to make this simple by showing options for how to handle money.
It is pretty common to see people talk about the value of money in terms of 10, 20, or 30 years. For my examples in this series I will be using 5 years for the simple fact that most people can remember what they were doing 5 years ago and can likely think about what they would be doing 5 years from now.
*Baller – I was honestly torn between “Baller” and “Billionaire” so I reserve the right to change it. For that matter it might become “Batman”. I mean seriously if you can be Batman you should always be Batman.