The 12 Essential Lessons I Want to Share About Money & Life – Afford Anything

#1: You Can Afford Anything. You Just Can’t Afford Everything.
Don’t tell me your values. Show me how you spend your money, and I’ll know what you value.

Don’t tell me, for example, that you “can’t afford” to travel the globe or invest for retirement if you’re simultaneously buying nice clothes and hitting the bars.

There’s nothing wrong with clothes and bars if it’s a deliberate, conscious choice, and you’re cool with the trade-offs. But don’t claim that bigger goals are out-of-reach. You’re the master of the bills that escape your wallet. Spend with your eyes open.

Don’t utter, “I can’t afford it,” without asking yourself: “How did I afford a decent car, restaurant dining and an iPad?”

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How Diane and Neal Saved 2 Years Income, Quit Their Jobs and Moved to France | Afford Anything

This. Is. Awesome.

Many people work in dissatisfying jobs — and most people’s stories end there. “We remained bored and listless for the next 20 years, counting down the days until traditional retirement age.” Not Diane and Neal.

Instead, they saved two years’ of expenses and moved to France. Wowza.

Let’s find out exactly how they did it — and what advice they’d offer along the way.

Before we dive in, I’d like to offer a disclaimer: This article (and ALL articles on this site) isn’t intended to prescribe an identical path. Not everyone wants to explore Brazil or move to France.

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