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New Year Motivation (and Personal Finance Links)

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For many people, this morning marks the start of a new year. I was reminded of that this morning when I noticed the C-level cast of the Today Show is gone and the regulars are back. Like most people with New Year's Resolutions or goals for the new year, I'm pumped to get a lot done this year.

I found some unexpected motivation yesterday. I picked up a local Homes and Land and looked at homes in Hillsborough, CA... a city near me in Silicon Valley. If you haven't heard of Hillsborough before, its reputation is built on being the most expensive city to live in the United States. That data was a couple of years back, and may no longer be accurate, but let's just say that its not unusual to see 10 million dollar homes. Well, I found one home in it for just a shade under $2 million... quite a bargain for amenities like and indoor and outdoor pool. I think I'd have be making Tom Brady money before I'd actually buy a $2 million dollar home... I much more treasure the ability to put money away and enjoy the financial freedom to wake up and say, "What do I want to do today?" However, the picture of the home is going on the refrigerator. It is much easier to visualize the mansion than "financial freedom" and it is worth more than 1,000 words in motivation.

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4 Responses to “New Year Motivation (and Personal Finance Links)”

  1. Contrarian says:

    Lazyman –

    So glad to find a finance/money writer who does a little more than just pound on the same tired topics of austerity, minimalism, and simplicity. Blaaa!

    While I appreciate living within your means, enjoy being debt free, and eschew buying stuff for it’s own sake, I don’t believe its a sacrilege to desire and strive for a 2+ million dollar home.

    It doesn’t matter what the motivation is so long as the motive is right.

    Who knows, maybe we’ll end up as neighbors ;-)?

  2. “You mean that you don’t reuse your toilet paper?”

    There was an episode of “The Office” a while back in which the stingy landlord (Dwight) was converting the office to half ply toilet paper (there was a device with wheels that were spun to de-ply the TP).

    It was surreal – made me wonder if I understood the meaning of the word “ply”.

  3. It’s nice to dream mate. That’s the most fun of it all.

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