Do you know anybody who’s never broken the speed limit? Even just a single person- in your entire life?! And if you’re being honest you’re less likely to treat it as a speed limit, and more like a speed minimum. We think we should be going at least that fast, if not more! For better or worse the speed limit is one of those rules in life that consistently is not followed. We break that rule because we believe we can still drive safely, even while exceeding the speed limit. Well the same is true with our personal finances and the money moves that we make. There are a lot of financial rules out there that many believe must never be broken or even challenged, while we believe a certain amount of liberty can be taken. It’s not that we believe that the rules should be done away with altogether- they’re important rules of thumb and reference points that we should definitely pay attention to, especially early on in our financial journey. But as you gain more knowledge and experience there are some financial rules that were made to be broken. Listen as we cover some of those rules as well as why it’s ok to be a conscientious objector!
- Though we can’t say that we would ever love debt, we do believe there are times when utilizing debt in a responsible manner could make sense for you.
- And when it comes to paying off debt, are we fans of the debt avalanche or the debt snowball approach?
- More folks are breaking the rule by not going to college, but there are ways to have a very successful career working in blue collar jobs and skilled trade positions.
- We only just briefly mentioned it during this episode, but Joel and I have both gotten new life insurance plans with Policygenius. Now we feel that depending on the situation, you can break the rule that you should have 10x your annual income in coverage. But if you have dependents counting on your income, you need to have some coverage in place! It could easily cost you less than $30 a month for a 30 year old looking for $300k of coverage on a 30 year plan.
- And Ross Perot, for your reading pleasure!
And here’s one of the distinctions between us and other personal finance fundamentalists out there: we believe in the responsible use of credit cards. It’s smart to utilize the additional benefits that credit cards offer, though we don’t want you to be tempted into spending more than you otherwise would. But if you’re looking to maximize your credit card benefits, Chase is offering the best welcome offer we have ever seen. The Chase Sapphire Preferred Card is rewarding folks $1,250 after the initial spending requirements of $4,000 over 3 months!
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