I’d say I’ve been an adult for just about 7 years at the time of this writing (summer 2018). I’ve grown in all aspects of life (besides my weight, which I’m mighty proud of). Here is a quick rundown so we can get to know each other better.
I graduated from engineering school in 2011 and married my wife a few months after that. We had nothing to our name other than the car that she had bought brand new, the loan that comes with it and the ~55k in student loans. The grand total of debt came in at 70k! What a way to start adulthood!
We moved into an apartment and for some reason I was all about Dave Ramsey. Unfortunately I also thought being a cheap a$$ was the key to prosperity. Fortunately, I’ve changed my tune since then and now consider myself “frugal” though my wife would argue with that one.
Not too long after that we bought a house, did some renovations and slowly but surely made some dent in that debt. In 2013/2014 we went a little hog wild and paid off a ton of debt. In 2015 I started tracking my net worth (at ~+75k as of 1/1/2015, yay!). Oh ya, we had a kiddo too.
Somewhere in all of that I started reading MMM and got introduced to the personal finance community. From then on I slowly started becoming more thoughtful about our expenses and tried to optimize for happiness.
A few years later we upgraded our house and had another kiddo.
I have learned so much along the way and thats why I’m starting eat.money. I’ve made so much progress which I’ll share and plan to make a ton more. Contrary to that last statement, this blog is about YOU. I want to help you achieve your goals and pursue your mission in life. I hope that sharing my journey will help you do that!
This blog is fairly simple. When I started thinking about the big keys to my success I realized it was about maximizing income, automating my finances and life as much as I could and always being aware of what I was spending. It turns out if I dont track it, it gets out of hand quickly.
I like to keep things simple and straightforward because its best to keep life that way. I hope you’ll join me on this journey!