Advice and Top 10 Advice Lists

For my regular readers (all 12 of you, from what I can tell), you know that I claim to be very reticent to hand out advice (mostly because a lawyer friend of mine warned me about publishing advice in a blog) but after spending the past weekend reviewing many of my older posts (in an attempt to clean up the mess that is my archive and possibly to figure out what I have been writing about for the past 7 years), I must admit I sure as heck give out a hell of a lot of advice!

Last year, I got a little silly and came up with what I thought was the best Top 10 List I could possibly write:

10 Steps to a Debt Free Life

If you look at this list, you will figure out that while I am not saying it is easy to live debt free, the methodology to do it, is relatively straight forward (in my estimation). I think I would stand behind this as a methodology for how to start fighting your way out of debt, since it does outline so many of those tough questions I have been asked about how do I start getting out of debt.

Many folks really do think it is simple to live debt free and to get out of debt, I am not saying that, in fact, I think I am pointing out that even though it seems very simple, it is not simple at all, but that is mostly because we make Personal Finance and Spending too complicated. I will clarify that by pointing out:

  • Spending money is very simple for most of us through: Debt Cards, and Credit Cards.
  • Saving should be as simple, given we have on-line banking and apps on our smart phones to access this, however, those apps must be hard to use, because most of us, don’t save!
If you still don’t get what I am saying, here is a helpful graphic as well:

Debt and Savings as a Simplistic Programmatic Explanation

Advice is kind of going to be the theme of the OBG posts on my twitter feed this week, so watch for those as well.


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  • Canadianbudgetbinder July 16, 2012, 3:59 PM

    Now that just made my day… your 12 regular readers from what you can tell lol. I don’t think I give out advice per say but I do say what we do that helps us to where we are today. Living debt free is not easy but it’s a lifestyle choice. Some people don’t mind having debt and that’s ok too. I’m never one to judge as my life in the end is truly the one I’m living. Have a great day mate! Cheers

    • bigcajunman July 16, 2012, 4:18 PM

      Hopefully it is still 12! I am cleaning out my archives so look for more gems from the vault


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