Shortly after Martin and Sierra Black married, they bought a beautiful 2,200-square-foot Victorian home near Boston.
From the outside, the couple looked like they had it all.
But something was wrong.
They were drowning in bills. They forked over $2,200 each month on mortgage payments, and another $600 per month on gasoline for their long commutes. They felt trapped.
“Buying that house meant buying a piece of the American Dream,” Sierra says, “but we both figured out pretty quickly that it wasn’t our dream.”
They attempted penny-pinching. But these attempts didn’t move the needle.