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Why Downsizing Your Life Today Will Pay Off in Spades Tomorrow

Okay, by a show of hands, who knows someone---anyone---who moved into their extravagant dream home just as the kids were getting ready to leave home, or just before their bankruptcy, or just before the divorce? Four thousand square feet; four bathrooms; increased financial stress; and a three car garage. Maybe you're a 30 or 40-something couple with kids and you're feeling a little crowded? Maybe you think you might like the prestige associated with that up-and-coming neighborhood. Maybe college looks far enough in the future that you're tempted to put your money into a more tangible investment you can enjoy in the here and now? You've done the math. You figure if you can start over with another 30-year mortgage, maybe stop eating out so much, work an extra weekend every month, do stay-at-home vacations, scale back on charitable giving, promise not to buy another new car for ten years (who are we kidding?), then this bigger house thing is a go. It's tempting, isn't it? And if something extravagant is almost in reach, doesn’t that mean we can stretch just a little more and it's ours? But, reality check, best practices suggest taking quite the opposite path. Something bigger and glitzier may be floating around in our dreams; but instead, as our children grow through the teen years and as we look to the future, there are abundant reasons simplification can be exactly what the doctor ordered. [Tweet This] Read more, think about it yourself, and get involved in the discussion about why downsizing your life today will pay off in spades tomorrow. . . .

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