Editor’s note: I’ve been writing a book on how to pay off debt fast in secret. Now, the secret is out and I’m publishing it as a series of posts (initially). Hope you find it useful and enjoyable to read. Mainly, I hope that now that the strength of your resolution has weakened, it helps you to stay focused on paying off debt. Oh, and this one is long. To be specific over 8,000 words long. To make it easier to navigate, I’ve made a mindmap of it; and feedback is very welcome.
‘But isn’t this too risky? Why didn’t you put this money in index funds or something?’This is what my friend Tom said after I told him that we bought 50% of a MOT and motor service garage. Tom is a very financially literate guy; he knows a lot about investing. In fact, I can safely tell you that I wish my son grows up to be like Tom (and hope that this doesn’t sound spooky). Still, there was a bit of explaining to do; on my side, of course. Why would a university professor be buying a business?
Do you spend hours pouring over your budget just to end up the month broke and disappointed? Yes, I used to do this as well. I’d spend my time and energy deciding what I’m allowed to spend on different items just to find that I’d forgotten something important. At the end of the month, I’d sum up all my spending to find that my budget was too short for my lengthy list of bills. Frustrating, right?
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