Financial Independence Buys You A Golden Toilet!

With all the buzz these days around personal finance and financial independence, it’s no surprise that people think they’ll actually be happier when they get there. But will they? I beg to differ. Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to reach that almighty goal. Maybe you grew up poor. Or, maybe you want to spend as much time as possible with family or traveling the world. Jobs. Get. In. The. Way. Period. Financial independence buys you a lot. It buys you your time. And, it buys you a golden toilet…if you want it to.

Financial Independence Fringe Benefits

 

3 toilets

Not golden toilets. Snapped this on a trip to Eastern State Penitentiary last year.

The fringe benefits of financial independence are endless. Whether you want to buy a golden toilet or not, you’ll certainly have the means to do so. That alone, is worth it for some folks!

On a slightly more serious note, you’ll have all the options in the world, because when you hit financial independence, your time will be yours. All of it. And no one is disputing the fact that time is our most coveted asset.

Things you could do:

  • Become a race car driver
  • Start a new career or business
  • Volunteer for your favorite charity
  • Join the PTA! (I’ve had dreams about this one. Really.)
  • Go to the gym and get your pre-baby body back! This goes for guys and girls alike!
  • Relax

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Hazards Of Financial Independence

 

Date night

When you DO go out – other people might expect you to pick up the tab.

It’s easy to talk about the benefits of financial independence. It’s much less popular to talk about the hazards of financial independence. Wait. What? Hazards? Okay, maybe they’re less like hazards and more like annoyances.

The closer and closer you get to financial independence, the more and more family and friends are going to think you Have Money. Because you WILL have money. Unless you’re really good at slipping under the financial radar, people are going to figure it out. You’ll have a spring in your step and a twinkle in your eye.Β  Sorry, but you will.

And you know what happens when people figure this out? They expect you to carry more than your fair share of everything. Why? Because you can, and they know it. Unfortunately, since you’re being responsible and scrimping and saving and investing, you will be penalized. It’s started happening to us. We don’t get angry. Instead, we happily help if we can, and it helps us sleep at night. We actually feel blessed – and you will too (when it starts happening to you). Remember, not everyone has the opportunity to chase such a lofty financial goal.

Β Note: That is the only hazard of financial independence I could think of. I suppose this section should’ve been titled: The Hazard of Financial Independence. Oh well. You blog and you learn.

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Alternatives To The Golden Toilet

 

Mad Money Cat

Mad Money Cat is a priss. She WILL be getting her golden litter box.

Obviously, everyone who reaches financial independence isn’t on the fast track to Park Avenue. In fact, there are many folks out there that wouldn’t take a place on Park Avenue if it were given to them. Nope. Instead, they prefer living small or minimal or traveling the universe with a bike and a backpack.

I, for one, plan to enjoy more time with my family and take advantage of the extra security and disposable monies to build memories. Boring, I know. But I don’t need to drastically change my current lifestyle after hitting our goals. Why? Because I’m already ridiculously happy.

I have fun doing just about anything and I don’t need to spend a lot of money or travel to far and exotic places – not that I’ll be opposed to either of those two things in my most awesome future. I just know I’ll be happy doing the things I already love to do.

Case in point, as many of you already know, I’m a Restaurant-A-Holic. Currently, I deprive myself almost daily in order to maintain course toward our financial goals. But I’ll tell you what, when we finally hit our numbers, we will definitely be loosening that constrictive belt. Life is too short to not eat out. Speaking for myself, of course. I hear some people actually LOVE eating at home. It takes all kinds, I suppose. πŸ˜‰ So, I will be going out…and I will be ordering the big, fat, juicy steak! No apologies.

And, I definitely won’t be buying a golden toilet – But it’ll be nice to know I could.

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How Much Is Enough?

 

“They” say happiness is not increased after a person reaches a certain salary. Word on the street is that number is somewhere around $75k/year. Everything after that is just fluff. Sure, it feels good to have a 7-digit nest egg, but it won’t make you happier. The fringe benefit of having more time will make you happier.

So, what do you think? How much is enough? When will you be satisfied? Will you buy that golden toilet? Or, are you not chasing financial independence? Are you, instead, looking forward to a comfortable life and a big juicy steak? Don’t act like it’s not a valid question. πŸ˜‰

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  • FinancePatriot Apr 7, 2017, 11:19 am

    I would consider eating out a bit more if so many options weren’t caloric filled potholes. When I do eat out, I generally enjoy it. However, eating at home we seem to have more options available to us at a much lower cost. I suppose having 4 to feed also fits into this equation of value. If anything, we will cut our expenses when I retire soon (working on my layoff this week as I write this, I volunteered actually).

    • Mad Money Monster Apr 7, 2017, 12:33 pm

      Oh wow, it sounds like congratulations is in order! Yeah, we love eating out, but you’re right about the caloric potholes. Ha. I think for us, it’s less about the quality of food and more about just getting out and about and enjoying time in a different atmosphere. Whatever the reason, we’re staying strong and eating most meals in house…for the moment.

  • Matt Mar 31, 2017, 8:41 am

    I don’t know how much is truly enough for financial independence, or if it will make my family happy when we get there. But I definitely prefer trying to get there rather than having no savings at all! Also, more steaks in retirement πŸ™‚

    • Mad Money Monster Mar 31, 2017, 1:32 pm

      Agreed. Yay to more steaks!

  • Penny @ She Picks Up Pennies Mar 28, 2017, 10:57 am

    We’re so far away from FI, I can’t really imagine. But I have a hunch I’d spend the same as we do now.

    Though, we did just buy a new toilet that I’m depressingly excited about! But it’s not gold.

    • Mad Money Monster Mar 28, 2017, 11:02 am

      Eh, who cares how far away you are. Getting there is half the fun, right?! Come to think of it, we bought new toilet seats last summer – the slow close kind! – and it made us feel like royalty πŸ™‚

  • Mrs. Groovy Mar 27, 2017, 9:35 pm

    We haven’t bought a golden toilet yet but could if we wanted to! Now that we’re FI and retired, the shift in perspective is huge. But no drastic changes in lifestyle. Like you, we don’t need a lot to be happy.

    • Mad Money Monster Mar 27, 2017, 10:18 pm

      It’s such a great feeling to be able to buy something and actually choose not to! I can’t wait to hit our goal, but I really don’t see things changing all that much. I will enjoy the option of quitting my day job though. πŸ™‚

  • HS Mar 27, 2017, 8:32 pm

    Great article. Love the way you have it all make sense and directly related. Love this site.

    • Mad Money Monster Mar 27, 2017, 8:49 pm

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  • Lisa Mar 27, 2017, 8:28 pm

    Love this post! I wouldn’t buy a golden toilet either πŸ™‚

    • Mad Money Monster Mar 27, 2017, 8:49 pm

      Thanks!

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