Wednesday, April 1, 2015

My Wealth Has Increased Dramatically

What is wealth to you? 
For most of the frugal and seekers of financial independence it means having more time to spend enjoying life.  Whether that is traveling or spending time with your family you have that choice.  Both my parents worked until they died (father) or retired (mom).  The time they spent with us kids was precious and my mom always says her happiest days in her life were raising us kids.

The problem I have is I also enjoy time with my family but between working for the man and the responsibilities of being a parent I find little time to spend having fun with kids.  With that in mind I guard my time wisely at work so that I don't have to bring it home while still doing a good job.  I also constantly look for ways to save more money at home to invest while not compromising our current standards of living.

Everyone values things differently.  For me wealth is time and who I spend that time with.  How do I increase that wealth?  Save as much as I can and invest it in dividend growth stocks purchased at attractive values.

Family is Wealth
This will become even more important when my next child arrives later this summer.  That is right, the DFG is growing again!  This addition to my wealth has caused me to drive even harder at reaching my FI goal.  The joy I experience when I come home and my kids rush to greet me is something I want to have more of.    The joy and happiness they bring into my life is way better than sitting in a political storm at work day after day and not accomplishing much. 

Sure changing diapers for 15 years isn't the most fun thing or cleaning up puke from yourself and the floor.  Buy hey you do crazy things for love.  I certainly would not do that at work.  Would you?

Thanks for stopping by,
DFG


PS this is not an April Fool's joke for you jokesters out there :-).  I really will have 2 boys and 3 girls come August.

7 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a big family. But hey, the more the merrier!

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  2. Congrats on the new addition to your family! My wife and I are going to start trying this fall for our first child. I cannot wait to experience the ups and downs of raising a kid.

    My whole goal since before starting my blog has been to save and invest as much as I can, while having some fun, so I can sleep well at night and be there for my kids as they grow.

    Enjoy being a parent again!

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  3. Congrats on the new addition to the family! I can definitely relate more to wanting time with your kids. Our time is already limited and why limit it even more by spending all that time working. If you can cut off even just a year it'll be worth it.

    Nobody on their deathbed has ever said "I wish I had spent more time at the office".
    -- Rabbi Harold Kushner

    One of my favorite quotes and really resonates with the FI choice.

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  4. Hi DFG,

    Congratulations! Another IPO - that's awesome news!! :) Time is certainly the most valuable currency and you can only spend it once, so what better use than with your family.

    Best wishes for you and your soon-to-be-larger family!
    -DL

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  5. @All. Thank you all for the kind comment. Kids are fun and all those diapers I buy contribute to some great dividends we all will get down the line.

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  6. Wow, congrats! Personally have three kids and I can - maybe - imagine what it is like to have five! You deserve respect man, so does your beloved one! ;-) But you're right, they are what the true, real, precious wealth in a parent's life. Congrats!

    I too work hard to achieve FI so I can spend more time with them and my wife. I'm already lucky enough to work four days a week and have some time to play with them, but it demands that I sometimes work from 8pm to midnight on my blogs as well! ;-) It's not always easy, but it's always worth it!

    Cheers!

    Mike

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  7. Congrats! We just have one kid right now and still in the diaper change stage. Plan to have more so will be doing that for more years to come.

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