This Year I’m Thankful for…
In no particular order, this year I am thankful for:
Laptops and smartphones are cheap and plentiful and always connected. They provide entertainment on demand through Netflix, Hulu or other services (no more commercials!). They open a window into other countries without the hassles or expense of travel. They speed the flow of information through youtube and wikipedia, and offer instant access to free online universities like Coursera. Getting a snapshot off all our finances and investments is a click away with Personal Capital. It has never been easier or faster to be entertained, educated, and informed.
Avoiding the consumption culture
I don’t care what the Joneses have. Shopping and consuming take too much energy and would “consume” all my free time. I’m thankful I’m not addicted to consumerist culture.
Keeping in touch with anyone and everyone I want to to the extent that I want to. If you want to keep in touch with me, subscribe on Facebook, Twitter, or by email or RSS reader (in the column to the right).
That social media wasn’t in common use while I was in high school and college
I would have been too distracted to do anything!
Highly efficient capital markets and exchanges
It costs almost nothing to invest well these days. We lose only a tiny fraction of our investment returns to investing costs. Without efficiency in the financial markets, we wouldn’t be as wealthy as we are today.
Family and friends
I’ve written about the benefits of living near family before. From a helping hand to kid’s hand me downs to being sounding boards to offering loaner pick up trucks, it’s nice to have family and friends nearby to be there when you need them.
At this time of year, that means being able to put food on the table for 30 guests at Thanksgiving without putting a dent in our monthly budget.
A working oven
Last year we were trying to prepare food for those 30 guests with a broken oven. I’m thankful that we were able to afford a new oven (since we budget for routine appliance repairs).
Cooking awesome food
It’s the season of eating and I’m thankful for plenty of nearby grocery stores to get awesome low cost ingredients (like Aldi and the Asian and Mexican grocery stores). I’m also thankful for the ability to instantly find any recipe through google and watch youtube videos with cooking demonstrations.
A frugal wife
Mrs. RootofGood is 100% on board with our financial independence plan and we are working together as a team to ensure we have many financially successful decades ahead of us.
What are you thankful for this year?