Rich on Money

Financial Freedom through Debt-free Real Estate Investing

Month: May 2016

How to Not Suck at Saving Money

Every blogger gets to write an obligatory post on how they cut corners to get out of debt and accumulate wealth.

Here is how I do it.

I’ll start by saying any success I’ve had with saving money is 99% attributable to my wife. She is Chinese and grew up in Taiwan. She has no formal training in investments or finance. She has never read a personal finance book in her life. But she came from a family and, to a certain extent, a society that frowns on debt.

She freaked out when she realized I had $32,000 in student loans and several credit cards while in my last year of college.

The sad thing was, I didn’t really need the loans, I just wanted some extra money to live a little larger. I was on a full scholarship and had a job in the dorms that gave me free room and board (Yes, I was stupid). One of the many reasons I married her was her attitude towards money and her ability to keep me straight.

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How to Squash Debt and Build Wealth

This is a fairly basic look at my thoughts on getting out of debt, saving, and investing. Good to read if you are getting started with investing. If you are an advanced investor, you may find it basic.

Among acquaintances, friends, and co-workers, my thoughts on money seem extreme. I don’t have many among those groups to share and discuss with.

I’ve been devouring books about money my whole life. I was soooo happy when I found the world of FI, real estate, and investing blogs. I feel like there is a community of people out there that understands me.

I love the blogs where the average person shares their struggles with real estate, investing, and life in general.

When I was in college, I got a job at Fidelity Investments as a stockbroker. It was a 3rd job, a side hustle to pay back my student loans. It was a great introduction to the world of finance. It made sense for someone like me to get a job like this. I’ve always had an interest in the stock market.

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My Wife Knows Money – The Financial Summary of my Life

My name is Rich.  I like to talk about money.

  • I paid off $32,000 in student loans in a year.
  • Paid off our $280k mortgage in 6 years.
  • Flipped several houses in Washington D.C. to help me build income for real estate investing.
  • Have purchased several rental properties without using debt.

Let me tell you my story.

How do you summarize your financial life in a blog post?

What if it’s your first post ever?

I’ll give it a shot!

I met my wife in college and quickly realized she was the right person for me. Before she married me, she asked me a question that I didn’t know the answer to. It was a question that I also did not want to know the answer to.

“How much money do you owe in student loans?”

(Very blank look from me)

student-loan-debt

Thinking back through the last 3 1/2 years of college, I remembered getting some grants and a partial scholarship from the military for majoring in Chinese, how bad could it be?  I remember taking out a few student loans to help make ends meet (a.k.a. always eating out and vacations with rich friends).

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