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Monetary Headwinds On The Path To FI

I’ve been see­ing some ideas pop up on Twit­ter over the previous couple of months which have sparked an thought in my mind. Obvi­ous­ly, each­one’s jour­ney to Finan­cial Inde­pen­dence will look dif­fer­ent. However what are a few of the methods our paths dif­fer? Our jour­neys are dif­fer­ent as a result of we’re all fac­ing dif­fer­ent finan­cial head­winds. Let’s have a look at a few of the finan­cial head­winds I’ve confronted on my jour­ney so far. 

Early Days

Wayyyy again within the previous­en days (okay nice the late 2000’s), ya woman was in highschool. I had the fundamentals tak­en care of for me cour­tesy of my par­ents like meals, shel­ter, some garments, and lunch mon­ey. Each­factor else I need­ed was by myself. A main finan­cial head­wind for me in highschool was professional­vid­ing the mon­ey for my very own mobile phone plan — and a pay-as-you-go plan at that. $60 a month does­n’t look like all that a lot now, but it surely was a main drag for me to scrap up that form of dough every month. Issues bought slight­ly guess­ter after I bought my first job at Toys R Us, however my head­winds elevated proper together with the rise in money stream. Sud­den­ly I want­ed to have mon­ey to pay my automotive pay­ment ($150/mo for 18 months), insur­ance, and fuel.

My class­mates did­n’t below­stand what I was going by as they have been fac­ing both no head­winds in any respect or perhaps a sig­nif­i­cant tail­wind, assist­ing them to suc­ceed. I as soon as had a con­ver­sa­tion with a class­mate who was com­plain­ing her lit­tle sis­ter bought a nicer automotive for her 16th start­day than she cur­hire­ly had. I don’t remem­ber what automotive her lit­tle sis­ter bought however I dis­tinct­ly remem­ber her com­plain­ing about dri­ving a 2 yr previous Jeep. I supplied to commerce her vehicles. When she heard I drove an previous­er POS Dodge Neon that got here with the afore­males­tioned automotive pay­ment, her nostril wrin­kled up and I bought an “ew no method” in response. Her tone was on par with Alex­is Rose in Schit­t’s Creek. To at the present time, I doubt that par­tic­u­lar class­mate has any extra empa­thy for these in dif­fer­ent finan­cial conditions.

Confused Pop Tv GIF by Schitt's Creek

Over­shad­ow­ing the oth­er finan­cial head­winds in highschool was, after all, the loom­ing moun­tain of pay for school.


I used to be incred­i­bly for­tu­nate to have all my efforts in highschool repay within the type of a full-ride aca­d­e­m­ic schol­ar­ship for col­lege. With my mil­i­tary stipends com­ing in every month, the diploma to which I felt the pinnacle­winds much less­ened dra­mat­i­cal­ly. Head­winds have been nonetheless there, however far more man­age­ready than earlier than. 

I used to be nowhere close to strug­gling in col­lege like a few of my pals. They needed to pay for their very own hous­ing, meals, faculty, books, automotive, telephone.…. each­factor. These are some hur­ri­cane-lev­el head­winds to over­come. Due to my expe­ri­ences in highschool, I was in a guess­ter spot to below­stand the dif­fer­ences between me and my pals. I made certain to pay for activ­i­ties I sug­gest­ed like going to see a film with a pal or cov­er­ing their drinks for a night time out. 

Early Profession

It’s at the moment in my life that I begin­ed to tru­ly below­stand how my priv­i­leges in life led to few­er head­winds for me. Although I had few­er priv­i­leges than some peo­ple I had grown up with, I nonetheless had a lot going for me. I had bought­ten a glimpse of it in col­lege, however this stage of life actual­ly drove residence the variations.

I did­n’t have stu­dent loans. I did­n’t have fam­i­ly that want­ed sup­port­ing every month. I did­n’t have a little one to maintain. I did­n’t have expen­sive well being points that imped­ed my abil­i­ty to work and earn mon­ey. My automotive was all paid off and infrequently had mechan­i­cal issues.

The dearth of main head­winds at this stage in life actual­ly helped me get forward in life. 


Now, my head­winds are extra like tiny breezes on a good sum­mer day. I must pay $300 a yr for glass­es or con­tacts to have the ability to see. I pay $50 a month in med­ica­tions to assist man­age my ADHD. I am a lady, so a lot of prod­ucts I purchase cost a pink tax or are simply straight up some­factor males don’t must wor­ry about like fem­i­9 prod­ucts or bras. (Males, you have no idea how good you will have it!!!)


On paper, two peo­ple who earn $100k ought to have the ability to save actual­ly the identical with the identical quantity of revenue, proper? 


A fantastic examination­ple was professional­vid­ed by my pal Matt Lane on Twit­ter latest­ly. He earns what most peo­ple would con­sid­er to be a excessive wage. How­ev­er, he additionally has a lot of finan­cial head­winds in opposition to him in the meanwhile. He lives in Wash­ing­ton, DC, a excessive value of liv­ing space. Extra like tremendous excessive in the event you ask some­one who lived there for a yr (psst that’s me. DC is tremendous expen­sive!). Baby­care for two chil­dren is $4,600 a month. $2,000 a month goes straight to stu­dent mortgage repay­ments. Add in $2,300 a month for a respectable aside­ment and that’s $106,800 earlier than you add in oth­er neces­si­ties of life like meals, garments, dia­pers, trans­porta­tion, inter­web, telephone, and oth­er fundamentals. So yeah, he would possibly earn a ton of mon­ey, however he’s additionally expe­ri­enc­ing extreme finan­cial head­winds in opposition to that top revenue. 

So earlier than we learn a Mon­ey Diary on Refinery29 that makes us tsk our tongues and lift our eye­brows, remem­ber revenue is only one a part of the puz­zle and a few­one is perhaps fac­ing sig­nif­i­cant head­winds that you just aren’t. Or, what’s the equiv­a­lent of a gentle breeze for you is perhaps the equiv­a­lent of the Weath­er Chan­nel reporters stand­ing on the shore earlier than a hur­ri­cane makes land­fall. I’ve been for­tu­nate in life to face favor­ready winds and I solely hope the identical for each­one round me! 

As at all times, thanks for learn­ing! Are you fac­ing any sig­nif­i­cant finan­cial head­winds? Hold forth within the com­ments beneath! 



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