This post was taken from a "frugality" blog run by a woman who recently paid CASH for her home. She deleted this post, apparently because so many people were offended. Read it, and see if you can figure out what offended many people:
(Note: She doesn't mention the fact that her family's single income -- her husband -- is a lawyer)
In hearing our store of paying 100% down for a home, many have asked for specifics on how we did this. The biggest factors are the blessing of God and parents who modeled wise financial stewardship for us when we were growing up. But there are other reasons, too. And I was reflecting on these recently and jotted down a few, in no particular order:
When others were reading novels, we were reading books on goal-setting, entrepreneurialism, internet marketing and how to grow a business from the ground up.
When others were buying expensive, brand-name clothing, we were shopping at thrift stores.
When others were watching pointless shows on television, we were brainstorming ways to cut expenses and produce more income.
When others were living in the moment and not worrying about the future, we had specific written financial and business goals and objectives for each month.
When others were swiping their credit card unthinkingly, we were using cash from our envelopes.
When others were buying whatever they wanted at the grocery store, we were clipping coupons, shopping the sales, eating meatless meals and strictly adhering to our grocery budget.
When others were taking out loans for shiny new cars, we were driving very used, barely-running clunkers.
When others were paying no attention to how much money they had coming in and going out each month, we were sticking to a very meager zero-based budget.
When others were eating out at fancy restaurants, we were eating at home with a very occasional trip to a fast food restaurant with coupons.
When others were taking nice vacations to exotic places, we were staying home on the weekends playing board games and reading good books.
When others were partying with friends and suffering from hangovers, we were picking the brains of any successful businessman or woman, entrepreneur or internet marketer who was willing to talk with us and share their stories and counsel.
When others were sleeping, we were burning the midnight oil working on creating products, churning out blog posts and doing freelance projects.
When others said, “You’re crazy! All responsible people get a mortgage and buy a house.” We said, “We’re content to keep renting and saving until we can afford to buy a house.”
When others said, “This beans and rice thing is too hard!” We said, “Yes, it’s hard, but we have confidence it will be worth it in the long-run.”
When others said, “That’s not possible.” We instead said, “With God, all things are possible.“