I live in a two-bedroom condo. It’s furnished with a used couch and used coffee table.
My shoe rack is made from old cardboard boxes glued together.
Almost everything else in my home is from Craigslist, Amazon and Overstock. I consider IKEA to be a splurge.
My favorite hobbies are hiking and camping (free and cheap).
My friend Amanda cuts my hair. (In fairness, she’s a hairstylist.)
I can’t remember the last time I got a manicure or pedicure.
When I travel overseas, I fly with airline miles and visit countries where the exchange rate works in my favor.
The cheapest car I’ve ever purchased cost $400. I drove it for a year and a half, then sold it for $200.
The newest car I’ve ever purchased was 4 years old.
I bought my laptop and phone used (refurbished).
I lived with roommates until I was 31.
And I never need to work a job I dislike again.
This is what financial independence looks like.