Redefine what financial freedom means for you and your bank account
By Miranda Marquit
Published on June 29, 2023
Read time: 2 min
Independence Day is a great time to think about what freedom means—including financial freedom. But let’s be honest, financial freedom doesn’t mean living a life without any form of debt. Even wealthy people have debt. It’s about being able to live the life you want to live. Every year, I take stock of my financial life and think about whether I’m designing a life that I enjoy.
Financial independence is a journey, not an event. It’s not accomplished all at once. The first step is defining what financial freedom looks like for you.
Financial independence: what do you want your life to look like?
First, figure out what a “free” life looks like to you. Think about what you'd do with more time and a slightly improved financial situation. If you’re living paycheck to paycheck right now, what are some small wins that would allow you to have more wiggle room with your money? Think about what matters to you, not someone else’s formula.
Your top priority might be one of these:
Spend more time with family
Go back to school
Decide on long-term goals that would bring more joy to your life, and begin looking for ways to move toward those objectives. It might be cleaning up your finances, cutting out one regular expense that doesn’t serve your purposes, or using a few extra dollars each month to pay down high-interest debt.
The road to financial freedom starts with the first step
Once you know what you want your life to look like, it’s possible to start taking baby steps to make that happen. You don’t have to earn a lot of money to make your first moves. Be honest about your situation, practical and consistent about the small changes you can make to improve today and towards the future .
Instead of dreaming of some far-off day, think about some of the things you can do right now to enjoy your life more. Making one choice each day to put your money toward the things that matter most to you can add an element of freedom to your life.