the double-threat holidays, and links

It’s been a hectic week for me; when you have an American family who celebrate Christmas as the big family holiday of the year, and a Russian family who celebrate New Year’s Eve as the big family holiday of the year, the week between the two ends up being fairly frenetic, too! So catching up on a few links:

  • Don

    Road to Success:
    Experience life to the fullest;
    Run with the good;
    Learn from the bad;
    Develop the wisdom to know the difference.

    Reviewing my road to “success”, I would have to say that retiring at age 70 debt free was one of the better experiences I sorted out. I never made the “big bucks”, but I did manage to live below my means. Paying ahead a little bit each month on the principle of my mortgage, and living most of my adult life in our “starter home”, allows me to stay put well into my old age. I won’t be needing a condo with it’s built in fees. When I reach the point where I can’t do home maintenance, I’ll hire it out as needed.

    Forget the debt write-offs, they’re just false enticement. Aim for retirement at 70 (or over) and be debt free…. you’ll be glad you did. The old adage is true… “If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself”.

    • http://www.bripblap.com Steve

      @Don: Great tips. You’re right: no need to succeed any other way that the obvious one – live within your means, work on getting ahead, and remember your health. That last tip is one of the best ones, and most often forgotten in personal finance tips – without your health, you won’t have anything.

  • http://www.bripblap.com Steve

    @Frugal Vegan Mom: I have a post written by my Russian wife on just that topic planned for 12/31. :)