I don't know man. This is my take at it. I was kicked out of high school for being a juvenile delinquent. I was working at 16 though. I got my GED at
18. I also had the unfortunate poor judgment to be a law breaker and almost send myself to prison for 15 years (vigilante justice can be highly
misunderstood by law enforcement until all the details come out in court) , thank God justice prevailed or I would still be behind bars. It still set
me back financially about 3 years. But I turned my life away from that. Met a wonderful woman while I was working at Wal-Mart, had a family. Then once
again in 2011 I had the poor judgment of party rocking too hard during the mourning of one of my friends having been murdered by coward cops while
running away unarmed. and almost got myself killed in a car accident, and got in trouble for that again with the law. I survived, but lost the car.
I am such a hard worker though, and thanks to the leave of absence, sick hours and vacation hours Wal-Mart affords me I still had my job. The
wonderful people there helped us out a bit as well. that was the last straw for me I had to man up and get over the blame game, because the ONLY
person at fault was me. Rather than tap into my savings, I used up my credit cards (my father burned into my brain that good credit in America is
basically your life blood of survival in this country) but responsibly. paid my minimums and since I also leverage 0%apr promos I do not have to worry
about interest for long.
I took a $2000 cash advance from my $5000 limit BOA card, and a couple of weeks of searching on craigslist I finally found a 1996 sentra in awesome
shape with ac, power locks, windows, sunroof, and the alarm still working under 100,000 miles for only $1400!! I immediately called everyone I knew to
find someone available right that minute to scoop me up and take me there. I pulled my ass off the couch onto my crutches, hobbled into the driveway
where my buddy and his girl was waiting and we went out there. He test drove the car for me while I was in it. Of course I still had the nerve to try
and talk this guy down even further from a great deal to $1000 (I mean come on, you have to try right
) but he was firm. having seen there were
other people in line to test drive the car that had arrived while we were, I could not take any gambles. I pulled 14 bills out of my pocket and my
buddy drove it back home for me.
Once that was done I just played the waiting game, had to answer for my DUI, healed up and got back to work. Did a little jail time whatever. Builds
character if you ask me. That incident has set me back financially until the beginning of this year, and am just now finishing up paying off the
cards. I never once tapped into the savings though because that would have just broke my heart. I could not add to it though, but now I can.
Just had a third boy on june 24, and I could not feel more blessed. This years tax season should give us a little more to continue saving for the
house. In five years we should be at about close to 30k or more. this will give us enough to have a nice down payment and a 15 year mortgage. Once we
have that house I can cut my hours at Wal-Mart and begin phase one of my recycling business.
That is pretty much the story of my adult life up until now, and I am 28 years old. I feel proud with the effort I have put into my life for my family
and the transformation I have made in my mind and spirit to get here.
If I can do it on a GED working @ Wal-Mart with three kids, I believe many Americans can as well.
Number one is stop buying garbage. Don't buy cigarettes, don't buy beer, don't buy soda, don't buy frozen dinners
None of these items
are necessary to your living, and are not even economically sound to consume. I can make the equivalent of 5 tv dinners or more for half the cost or
less from dry and fresh food. cooking your food from scratch and making enough to heat up as leftovers later is probably one of the single BIGGEST
cost savings you can make.
Come on guys start now. You can do it guys I know you can. I am not going to call you lazy, entitled, or self absorbed or pretend you are trying to
deflect blame onto others. Just start right now and take the steps you need to take. if you have an engineering degree of any kind you have absolutely
ZERO excuse. You have to relocate and you need to start researching a plan to make it happen. On my road trip back from new mexico this march, I was
just amazed at how much work was available for people in this skill from Texas through Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama. if you can weld,
fabricate, or know how to engineer anything you need to go to the gulf energy states NOW! Do not come up with excuses search for solutions! Grab your
friends, make some calls to companies in those states, and create a plan. 2-4 single guys with the right skills can take off for 6-18 months and rack
up enough dough to get yourself back on your feet.
edit on 7/24/2013 by DYepes because: (no reason given)