It’s Paid For!

A car bumper sticker stating "Don't laugh, it's paid for"

I spotted this fun sticker proclaiming automotive financial wisdom on a car in my workplace parking lot the other day!

As an aside—I’ve found debt-free living to be a highly satisfying lifestyle and I’m happy to own my own I-paid-for-it-with-cash vehicle. I recommend Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps as a great guide for budgeting, paying off debt, saving money, and building wealth.

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A Pile of Reading To Do

“You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things: the books you read and the people you meet.”

This thought is generally attributed to Charlie Jones and I heard it a few years ago while listening to The Dave Ramsey radio show (yep, I’m a fan).

I’ve always been an enthusiastic reader (particularly of genre fiction), but in 2010 I set a goal to read at least one nonfiction book per month in addition to the other reading I was doing. I astonished myself and read 26 nonfiction books that year. I’ve kept this nonfiction reading goal going ever since.

So, now whenever I pass a library book sale or visit a thrift store, I scan the stacks for interesting nonfiction titles. I also have an extensive wish list going at PaperBackSwap—an online book-swapping club that I highly recommend.

Lately, my “To Read” pile has been, well, piling up.

The "To Read" pile of nonfiction books

Here’s to the next five years’ worth of reading!