Your Money Or Your Life? Money Isn’t Everything!

December 11, 2006

This site is dedicated to helping us find a good balance between managing money and living our lives. To help us figure it out, I’ll highlight articles every week that portray the ongoing struggle between handling money and living the life we want. Hopefully we can learn from the wisdom or mistakes of others!

One Frugal Girl reminds us that our physical health is more important than any amount of money. Unexpected health issues are a good example of why an emergency fund is so important. They can help prevent us from being stressed about money in while we’re dealing with sickness. I hope Frugal Girl feels better.

Blogging Away Debt shares a life experience that highlights the importance of family in our lives. It is an inspiration to the rest of us to keep debt in check so that we can be there for our family. Good luck to Tricia as she balances paying off her debt and being with her family!

Blueprint for Financial Prosperity talks about the relationship between money and happiness. Jim emphasizes that “You are not your income. You are not your assets.” and reminds us that “Life is about happiness, not money.” I think he hits the nail on the head when he says:

“See, life isn’t about making more money, it’s about being happy and enjoying the time that you have with the people that you care about. The funny thing about money is that if you let it become everything, you’ll find that you never have enough of it and you always want more.”

The Simple Dollar writes about figuring out what is valuable to you in life and prioritizing your finances accordingly. He wraps it up with:

“When I think about these goals and why I’m choosing to follow them, and compare them to the low-priority things I was using my money and time on before, I feel genuinely good inside for the first time in a very long time.”


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Ben Edwards, the founder of Money Smart Life, saved up enough to buy a Nintendo back when he was 12 years old. When he used the money to buy shares of Wal-Mart stock instead, he knew he wasn't like the other kids... His addiction to personal finance has paid off for his family and now he's helping you to afford the life that you want. Check him out on the web at Google Plus, Twitter and Facebook.

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