The Personal Finance Book that Started My Journey

Become Totally Debt-Free in Five Years or LessI can still remember that car ride.  A local radio station was interviewing author Gwendolyn Gabriel.

Gabriel had just published a book called Become Totally Debt Free in Five Years or Less and was sharing her personal story of how she became debt-free.

I was riveted to my radio. It never occurred to me that the actions I took and the decisions I made could lead me to a life with no debt.  The only people I knew who had no debt were extremely wealthy.  It never crossed my mind that an average, middle class person could live without loans.

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I bought the book and read it twice.   Looking back, there was nothing especially earth-shattering about this book’s advice. (in fact, The Money Saving Mom’s Budget is a better choice now).  But at the time in my life that I picked it up, it changed my entire attitude.  I suddenly realized that there was a world of possibility that could open up for me, if I just took the time to try the things Gabriel wrote about.   I didn’t have to live paycheck to paycheck.  I could choose to live a life of frugality. I could choose to be free from the shackles of debt.

I spent my spare time picking up other books from the library.  Mary Hunt’s Debt-Proof Living, Amy Dacyczyn’s The Complete Tightwad Gazette, and Miserly Moms by Jonni McCoy became my new inspiration for all things frugal.  I anxiously awaited the Monday morning updates at The Dollar Stretcher.

The skills I learned from the personal finance and frugal living books and websites I read, stayed with me as we paid off our debt and made a down payment on a new house.  When I made the switch to stay-at-home mom, I used those same skills I had learned to run our single-income household.

The internet has opened up the world to frugality.  There are more money-saving blogs and websites available than ever before.  There are great money-saving appsyou can us to help you stay on top of your money no matter where you are.  Everywhere you turn, there are tools to help you manage your money.

It is up to you to make that leap. It is up to you to take control.

Marcel Proust once said, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

When I heard that interview on the radio, it woke something deep in my soul.  I encourage all of you to open your eyes, and see the reality of where you area and where you want to be.    Find what inspires you to drive toward your financial goals.

About Christina Brown

Christina is a wife and mother dedicated to figuring out how to live a simpler, happier life on a budget.

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