Man vs Debt – Who Will Win?
January 16, 2010
Man vs Debt is a site that I enjoy, partly because the author, Adam Baker, is doing something that I was too scared to do. I’ll explain. After graduating from college, my wife and I discussed moving to Australia for a year or two for one last “adventure” before settling into our jobs. The plan was we’d work during the weeks, as a computer programmer and a teacher our job skills were pretty universal, and see the country on the weekends.
I can’t remember our reasons for deciding against travelling to Australia but instead of adventuring we started our careers here in the U.S. I do remember that there were hurdles and unknowns and although it was an exciting idea, it was also kind of scary. Whenever you’re thinking of trying something new in life, you can always find a “good reason” not to do it. It may be perfectly legitimate reason but often times is also an excuse you can use to talk your way out of an uncomfortable situation. So what does this have to do with Adam and Man vs Debt?
The Man vs Debt Saga
Adam and his wife were in a bit of a hole financially, over $80,000 in consumer debt, when they decided to sell most of their posessions and move to Australia. You can read more about how they’ve embraced frugality to pay off their debt and decided to chase their travel dreams on the Man vs Debt about page.
I admire Baker and his family for looking past all the reasons not to pack up and move their life around the world. They even have a little kid, and as a parent of two I know how challenging it can be to raise a kid in a U.S. suburb, left alone in a foreign country with no friends or family close by. Hats off to the Baker family!
You can check out some recent pictures and videos from their adventures here. To keep up with their mission to beat debt and follow their travel journeys you can subscribe to their posts and track them on Twitter.
Man vs Debt Recent Articles
Here are som other posts from personal finance bloggers – most are all about new year’s resolutions and how to improve your finances for 2010.
- 3 Things That Will Improve Your Finances in 2010 @ Generation X Finance
- Good Riddance to Unwanted Gifts @ Lazy Man & Money
- Resolving to Save Money @ Suns Financial Diary
- 5 Financial Milestones to Aim for By Age 30 @ The Digerati Life
- Financial Goals for 2010 @ Five Cent Nickel
- Your Take: Your New Year’s Resolution? @ Bargaineering
- 10 Steps to Financial Success in 2010 @ Get Rich Slowly
- New Year’s Financial Resolutions: Baby Steps @ My Dollar Plan
- Four Lifestyle Tweaks For The New Year @ Frugal Dad
- How the Average American Family Spends Their Income @ The Simple Dollar
- Add an “S” to SMART Goals This Year @ Money Ning
- Get a year-end bonus? Do something responsible with it @ Mighty Bargain Hunter
- 15-Minute Resolution #1: Save More For Retirement @ My Money Blog
- Getting Ready For 2010 @ No Credit Needed
- The Most Important Financial Goals for 2010 @ Cash Money Life
- Top 10 Financial Blogs To Follow In 2010 By Category @ Moolanomy
- Start the New Year Off Right @ My Two Dollars
- 2010: A Look Ahead @ Being Frugal
- It’s a New Year to Pimp Your Finances! @ Budgets Are Sexy
- New Year’s Resolutions Suck @ Fiscal Geek
- Our 2010 Financial Goals @ No Debt Plan
- Alternatives to High-Yield Savings Accounts @ Consumerism Commentary
- Roth IRA Rules For Minors. Your Kids Guide to Tax Free Money @ Good Financial Cents
- 8 questions to ask before buying “stuff” @ Brip Blap
- Tuition, Education, Textbook and Student Loan Tax Credit @ Million Dollar Journey
- Revisiting the Value of a College Degree @ Free Money Finance
Thanks to Own the Dollar for including our post in the Money Hacks carnival.
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