I started my lovely Saturday morning with exploring new blogs about saving, debt payment, and retirement.
I was enjoying this activity as much as I can; I thought “I am not alone in this journey” “there may be things that I can learn from them” and ‘I can do this, too, as now I have a great budget that works for me”.
I stumbled upon a blog on the net where a young couple plans to retire at the age of 35 or something. They seem to be doing well, both working and having decent salaries, with large houses and others. It looks like they do save one salary completely and some of the second salary each year. They claim to increase their net worth ~$12,000 every month (mostly from investments and savings from salaries).
The reading that started so exciting on this beautiful Saturday then turned into a sour feeling: I cannot possibly save that much….
I felt all my efforts to make the best out of each dollar I earn somehow felt inadequate… insufficient…. I felt like I was trying to swim in a little pond in the backyard rather than an ocean….
But, it should not!….
I am living within my own reality, not somebody else’s. It may take me longer than others maybe, but eventually I will accomplish what I hope to accomplish. I have no interest in early retirement, though I would appreciate the freedom to retire early should I change my mind in future. I may feel disadvantaged but I should also feel proud of myself.
And I think I should especially appreciate the fact that I am saving and investing for my future all by myself.
Saving for a single person is not easy; one income means one person’s expenses, but when you think about couples (assuming that both of them are working), they do share the mortgage and utilities (though it is also possible that they may have extra expenses for being a couple, like having two cars, bigger houses, date nights etc.). Nevertheless, on the average I believe a couple may be able to save more than a single person. Correct me if I am wrong.
I applaud all the single people out there who are trying to save as much as they can – you deserve that.
I also applaud all the people out there, single, couple, with kids or not, who are trying to save even though they do struggle with daily expenses, debt, and lack of employment or social support.
We may not be able to save thousands each month, but we can keep doing what we can do best.
And for that, we need to acknowledge, cherish, and congratulate each other.