The Grass IS Greener On THAT Side Of The Fence


“The grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence.”

We’ve all heard that statement made before.   We’ve also heard it said this way: “The grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence.”

This is true in many cases, but when it comes to personal finances there are some cases where it can be said that “The grass is ALWAYS greener on THAT side of the fence.”

For instance:

  • It is ALWAYS better to be debt-free than to owe
  • It is ALWAYS better to have savings than to have zero saved
  • It is ALWAYS better to take a paid-for-in-advance vacation than to have bills follow you home
  • It is ALWAYS better to work together with your spouse than to try to “go it alone”

I’ve NEVER looked back from the “free of credit card debt” side of the fence and said, “Man!   I need to burn up some plastic and buy me some stuff so I can pay a ton of interest!”

How about you?

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  1. Michael B on May 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Perhaps the grass is greener because the water bill is higher? Things aren’t always what they seem.

  2. Brian on May 4, 2011 at 6:15 am

    We are about 90 days from being debt free except for our house. I’m a teacher whose wife is raising our three kids at home. I can smell that sweet, green grass already!

  3. Joe on May 4, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Joseph, you came to my church about 3 years ago. We started doing the credit card snowball. We just paid off the last one with a $1,700 paynemt. It was $8,000 less than a year ago. It worked just like you said, every time we’d pay off one, we’d roll those payment amounts into the next one. Worked like a charm & we can’t thank you enough. Now, what to do about that timeshare?! (my biggest financial regret ever)

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