We teach our boys to maintain their cars and home to make them last longer and save money. Without proper care things can break down faster and cost lots of money. This is why this is one of our Financial Freedom rules we teach our boys.
Mills Way Rules
Over the years I have known many people that spent too much on a home they bought or a place they wanted to rent. Then something happens to them like a job loss or going to a new job where they made less money and now, they couldn’t make their payments anymore.
Last year when the Navy recruiters came over to our house the one recruiter brought up about how he wished his parents would have taught him the things we are teaching our boys. I told him that is why we are teaching our boys these lessons and why I am sharing it with the world with my Podcast, Blog and my book to be released hopefully before 2021.
During my working years I always paid for Disability Insurance to make sure I was covered. Back in the days I had heard many stories of people who had freak accidents and were out of work for quite a while and needed the Disability Insurance to help maintain their living expenses for their family.
Maximizing your 401K each year after we are Debt Free is one of the rules and action steps that we teach our boys for them to head towards their Financial Freedom goals. It is Action Step 9 in our 10 action steps to Financial Freedom.
Who doesn’t like a party? We do in our house for sure. We work hard working towards our Financial Freedom goals and it is fun to celebrate when we achieve one of our goals along the way.
There is no law that I know of that says parents have to pay for their kids’ college. As far as I know it is optional. We have told our kids for years that they need to pay for college if they want to go to college.
Some people ask the question if they would be better off investing in their own IRA rather than investing in their companies 401K plan? If your company doesn’t have a matching 401K plan then maybe that is for you. But what I see is that a lot of people lack discipline. What is nice about a company 401K is that it is coming out of their paychecks without any effort from them. They can just get used to seeing what their net check amount is to live on.
This may not apply to your situation if you are currently debt free. Chances are though you may have someone you know that you could possibly help with this Mills Way to Financial Freedom rule. We taught this to our kids so if something happened and they found themselves in debt during their adult kids they would have the skills to get debt free fast. Of course, depending on how much debt they may fall into.
Back in 1990 I think I got our first will done and it was a pretty simple Will at the time. Now the older we get we have revised our Will and other documents for Estate Planning and final decisions more often. We have done new wills twice now in the last six years.