Well, I've joined. I've been lurking for a little while, and avoiding joining out of guilt. But I've been reading back through all the blog posts and decided it was time for some help from a community of people who have a similar goal. So, a little about me I suppose.
I'm male, early 30s. A competitive powerlifter and strongman. Software guy, not that handy around the house but slowly learning. There are lots of good things, and lots of things that I punch myself in the face over, so here are a few.
We have two incomes, over $150k combined. Holy crap. How did we even do this? I used to live on almost nothing. My life is stupidly luxurious now, even though I didn't recognize it until I started reading here. I didn't have a jet or a 10,000 sq ft compound or a fleet of humvees, so clearly I wasn't that well off.
401k maxed out with employer matching on a good chunk
A few investments, though really not worth that much, but we're adding to them every month.
I'm driving an 8.1L 4WD pickup. I actually printed out a picture of MMM to hang it in my truck to guilt me into not using it as much.
We're renting. Not the end of the world, but I would like to be building equity
We're spending to damn much on things that don't matter.
I've worked a deal with my employer where I can work from home 3-4 days a week, so the truck isn't as bad as it could be. I'm trying to talk myself into selling it, but it's more connected to my sense of self worth than it should be. It's not a big jacked up thing, just an old work truck from the farm that I don't work on any more.
Food is something I'm trying to cut the budget down on. Because of the kind of training I do, I need around 250g of protein a day. So lots of meat. But I'm switching to chicken thighs over ribeye and the savings are rolling in.
I like spending money. I was poor for a while. Living on $7k a year, barely getting by. Food banks, no furniture in my apartment, that sort of thing. I feel entitled to throw my money around now. I'm going to crush that weakness out of me. It'll take time, but with the help of you folks, I know I can do it.