Tap, tap, tap…is this thing on? Is anyone still out there?
It’s been nearly two years since I’ve written at The Family CEO, but recently I’ve felt compelled to check back in.
When we last spoke, I told you that our family’s finances were on autopilot in the very best possible way. We had paid off a lot of debt, grown our savings, put one child through college without debt, and were working on doing the same for the second child.
Two years later we’re still on track. Our debt remains in check (mortgage plus one car loan), we’ve put more money into savings and retirement accounts, and our second child is finishing his junior year in college and we have enough savings set aside to get him the rest of the way there.
With that last one being oh, so close to being off our payroll, we’re going through another transition of sorts. We’re turning our focus to what we want our life as true empty nesters to look like. Where do we want to live? How do we want to spend our time? How much do we need to have saved for retirement and how will we get there?
So I find myself back here ready to talk finances again. The things that are on my mind right now are:
- Houses…always houses. We recently did some long-awaited improvements to our house, but we know it’s not our forever house, so I keep pondering what that will someday look like.
- Found money…I still love this fun, simple technique for paying down debt or saving.
- Saving and investing for retirement.
- Intentional spending, which to me means keeping expenses in check while continuing to live a life we love.
So if you’re still out there, let me know what’s been going on in your world since we last spoke.
I’ll be back on Monday with a found money update. Almost two years worth!