60% of parents have at least three forms of debt with the average household debt being around $33,000. Do you fall into this bracket? How do you get out?
Jeff Bouwman is a CPA. financial advisor, a husband and a dad to three little girls. He has just released his book, Your Income, Your Life and is on The Good Dad Project to tell us his experience of achieving what most Americans would consider a successful life, but was, in reality, a stressful financial black hole. Listen to how he got out of debt, quit his corporate job, and now enjoys the life he was truly meant to live.
What appears to be success from the outside is not necessarily a happy life on the inside. Jeff Bouwman spent most of his life following the path he thought he was supposed to take. He excelled at school, graduated from college, and worked hard to provide for his family. Jeff earned more and more money each time he moved up the corporate ladder. He also spent more and more money, buying stuff to fill a void that could never be filled. When he and his wife started a family, they built their dream home and racked up a 100 K debt.
Jeff was unhappy and full of anxiety. He felt pressured to work harder and would put in 60-70 hours per week to maintain the lifestyle he and his family had become accustomed to. He was rarely home with them, and when he was home, he was not emotionally or mentally present. When he was at work he felt guilty for not being with his family. When he was with his family, he felt guilty for missing work.
One night, for the first time in their whole marriage, he and his wife finally sat down to talk about money. They reviewed their family budget and discovered where they were throwing money away. They made some changes to the way the spent and saved money and reduced the cost of their lifestyle. Jeff noticed that because they worked on it together, the budget didn’t feel like much of a sacrifice.
With a little discipline, they saved thousands in payments and interest and paid off 75% of their debt in less than a year. They also began an emergency fund, which allowed Jeff to free himself from his demanding job and take 9 months off to be with his family.
Jeff Bouwman now works for 50% less income, but is happier and gets to spend time with his daughters every day. He discovered that consciously managing money as a team brought his family closer. His book, Your Income, Your Life, shows you how to define how much money you truly need to live the life you want, how money is about choice, and that money can be a catalyst to improving your relationship with your family.
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