Save For Retirement Because You Love Your Kids
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I picked up another personal finance book from the library. Another oldie, but a goodie from Suze Orman: Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny. There's a section in there where she talks about Saving for Your Kid's College vs. Saving For Your Retirement. Suze, like she always does, keeps it real.
I don't have kids yet so my perspective is different, but I agree with Suze on this one. As women, we tend to take on the role of protector and caregiver and what this sometimes means is that we sacrifice ourselves to help others. We may not see it as sacrifice. In many cases, it's just what we know. As I am growing, I am realizing that sometimes when we sacrifice too much of ourselves for others, we risk our health: physically, emotionally and financially. In reading Suze's quotes, the first thing that came to mind is the announcement they make on the airplane when the cabin pressure drops. They always tell you to put your mask on first. It's not about being selfish. It's because if you don't care for yourself first, someone will have to jump in to do it for you.
I know that the rising cost of education is insane and we want to protect our kids from drowning in student loan debt. I completely understand that. One of the many lessons we will find in the journey to Financial Independence is that we don't have to take the path that everyone is on. We want our children to have the best education so that they can succeed in life, but that doesn't have to be at a very expensive price. One thing that we as FIRE women, as future mothers of the next FIRE generation, can teach our children early on is to value good education and be strategic about where to find it where it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Hopefully as we continue to journey down this path, we can learn that there's so many other options to reducing student debt and the conventional and average way to doing something doesn't work for us.
Here’s some articles to get started. The sooner we think about reducing student loan debt, the better we can plan to help our kids get out of debt faster and ensure we are also saving for retirement faster.
As with anything in life, there's no guarantee, but one thing is for sure, I don't want to be asking my kids for money when I am older. It will absolutely cramp my style.
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