Housing, transportation and food are the commonly referred to as the “Big Three” of household expenses. In general, people spend the most of their money on these three recurring expenses.
The more money we have after paying our expenses, the more we can invest. Depending on our circumstances, we may not be able to make an immediate change that significantly impacts our income generation. But, if we take a critical look at how we trade our current income for “The Big Three” household expenses of housing, transportation, and food, we can likely redirect a worthwhile portion of that spending towards our FI goals. As a result of the additional investment, we may reach Financial Independence sooner than expected.
- To Reduce Expenses, Focus On The Big 3 from livefreemd.com
- Why You Should Buy Less House Than You Can Afford by Holly Johnson from thesimpledollar.com
- How Much Money Can You Save by NOT Eating Out? by Kevin Mercadante from outofyourrut.com
- Cutting Car and Transportation Costs by Limor Markman of Financially Fabulous on YouTube
- Consider your own personal situation, including commute to work, the type of home in which you currently reside, and your dining habits. Debate and/or discuss if they are currently in line with how you want your life to be designed. Consider practical changes that can be made to align your habits with your Financial Independence journey.
- Think back on your dining experiences. How many of them would you classify as not worth the time and money you spent? Think about what percentage that is of your total dining out experiences and consider how this awareness can have a positive impact on your wallet, health, and overall happiness.
- How I Escaped the Car Clown Habit from spartanspendthrift.com
- Your 3 Biggest Household Expenses and Why You Should Focus Your Travel Savings on Them from nomadwallet.com
“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.” – Colin Powell