- Posted November 27, 2012 by
Sugar Land, Texas
This iReport is part of an assignment:
The fiscal cliff: Messages to Washington
Living your dream within your means
- Jamescia, CNN iReport producer
Now I am 67, retired RN and has over a million asset. My family lived always comfortably. My financial plan was simple:
1. Live with in your means - e.g. when I could not afford a 25" color TV, I bought 19" black and white TV.
2. Put away an affordable portion of income into IRA. I started it in 1981 with $18 a month contribution.
3. Pay off your debt as soon as you can, especially the credit cards. The only debt I have now is my home mortgage.
4. Before you buy, ask if you need it or want it. If needed it I would buy it as soon as I can, If I wanted it, I would wait until I could afford. My children follow the same rule now.
5. Get a job, even if it is low paying, you can always move up. My first job paid $100 a week, when I retired I was making $150,000 a year.
As for the Government budget.
1. Cut the loopholes. My favorite one - many wealthy immigrants get government aid when they come here because their income here is at poverty level, while they have wealth back home.
2. Monitor government aid programs closely for abuse.
3. Yes, spend within means, spend only if it is needed, not just because you want it. e.g. aid to wealthy countries, health research fund in Defense budget etc.