Justin was gracious enough to go into detail how he and his wife have built their lives frugally while stealing having fun.
Yes, you do need to adjust your daily habits, but if you’re looking to make real in-roads and progress towards financial independence go for the big wins.
Justin shared that the three biggest wins you can get are housing, transportation, and food.
Housing: More Than Location
Location, location, location, is the mantra of many real estate agents and it’s certainly something to keep in mind, but you need to go deeper and know the neighborhoods.
You’re not looking for swanky and popular, those neighbors usually mean you’re paying a lot for not much in actual benefits.
What you want are the gems in the rough – the neighborhoods with what you care about (good groceries and schools nearby), residents who care (their properties are maintained), and safe, at an affordable price.
Justin and his wife found a place not far from downtown Raleigh and near family. Besides a great location, their place also allow them to further reduce their living expenses around the house and much more by trading skills and supplies.