posted on May, 12 2011 @ 01:35 AM
reply to post by graphuto
Ass backwards according to anyone who knows how to manage money. You are wanting to trade a valuable commodity that will appreciate in value for a
commodity that will drop like a turd in a pond in value. I was raised extremely poor, and the majority of my immediate family thinks just like this.
You screw your future for short term goals. Think long term, and break the cycle please. I did, and so can you. Being poor is a choice. I know someone
will flame me for that statement, but it is true. Most hard luck stories can be traced back to poor choices if the teller of the story is really
honest. Yes honest, hardworking, smart people do end up in the poor house. Sometimes of their own fault, sometimes not, and need help at times,(been
there) but they always rise again, and do things better the next time around. My grandfather always said "A poor man has poor ways." Absolute truth.
To stop being poor you have to change your way of thinking.
I am not financially wealthy by a worldly standard. Between my professional career, and side ventures, and some other investments my household runs
on about $120K a year. Sounds like a ton O' money? Not really. It is comfortable, and secure. It took 5 years of making $25K a year while working 2
part time jobs, and going to school full time, and raising kids simultaneously. It was hell on earth. I didn't like it. It was no fun, and cost me a
lot of things. I drove a $500 beater, and ate Top Ramen soup 2 of 3 meals a day. When the beater broke down I hitchhicked to class, or job. It was
humiliating. No Cable TV, no internet, no video game system, no cell phone, no dining out. The only splurges were holiday meals when we would buy all
the traditional fixings at the grocery store. All my friends during that time that opted out of college, or other vocational pursuits were making $30K
- $40K a year at manufacturing or labor jobs, and chiding me to "just get to work." and stop torturing myself, and family with myself, and wife both
in college. Today we double what they make, if they still have jobs, and have secure jobs that have remained untouched by the economic downturn. But
it took 5 years of painful rebirth, and re-programming our "poor ways."
This house represents your opportunity to rebirth yourself without as much financial pain. You have received a whole heap of good advice. There are
no millionares that are not homeowners. Not that your goal should be that. We aren't telling you to sell your soul for money. We are just trying to
get you to think about money differently, and see the opportunity you have been given, and take full advantage of it in a way that will set you on a
positive upward track for the rest of your life. Money isn't everything, but it does make the down payment on everything. Money can't buy happiness,
but the lack of it can cause much suffering.