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A friend lost her job. She blew through her severance. She had previously filed bankruptcy too. She struggled financially and she was in her 40’s during this time. She made a lot of irresponsible financial mistakes.
Then my company started closing office’s and laying off people over the course of 5 years.
And I remembered my friend. So I worked a part time job to pay off debts and to pay for anything that I wanted in full with cash.

I socked away 6 months emergency fund and increased my 401 contribution. I made sure to keep my living expenses low.  Smaller home and used car that was paid off quickly.
If I lost my job I didn’t want to be in the same place as my friend in my late 40’s.
My friends carelessness towards money was and is still in the back of my mind.
Saying no to material things and watching my money grow quickly; very satisfying.  

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