It’s always good to find articles that make you feel better about your goals and financial situation… especially lately what with the crappy economy and the over-involvement of the government. I read this one about 6 financial milestones before 30 and at first thought, I wondered what types of things I would suddenly have to scramble to try and accomplish now that I’m getting so OLD. Here’s where I stand:
- Scale back the credit cards. I have credit cards, it’s true. I have a lot on a Sears card, but that should be paid off in full this year. I use my Visa to get rewards and pay it off each month. Is that okay? I think so.
- Own a home—or have a plan. A condo totally counts as a home. Hooray me!
- Have skills. Have you SEEN me with nunchuks? Apparently I should also be developing marketable skills. Here’s hoping random blogging, geeky computer knowledge, and English undergrad and a technical writing masters are marketable.
- Give money away. I don’t think this is referring to when I leave quarters in my desk drawer and they disappear. We’re talking about charitable giving and, of course, there’s that whole tithing that I’m happy to donate, and I always squeeze a little out of my paychecks for United Way since I worked there and saw first hand the good influence it has on my community. (That was a fairly serious sentence I just wrote there. Wow.)
- Know thyself. I know that I like to have fancy Bengals, lots of books, a nice TV, a home computer network, and an old Volvo. Guess I’m not worried about impressing the neighbors with my wheels… yet.
- Know smart people. This sounds like a repeat of number 5 to me. Oh wait, no, I’m not THAT narcissistic, but I am surrounded by smart people. The article specifically stated certain smart people I should know. I’ve got the financial adviser and attorney covered, but I’m currently looking for a good tax preparer and insurance agent. Let me know if you’d like to apply.
Random side note added afterwards (thanks to Clancy’s suggestion): to apply to be one of MY smart people, click on the link on the ride just under the blog header. It’s the chance of a LIFETIME!