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In Pursuit of Financial Freedom

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For those of us in the United States, Independence Day is coming up. Coincidentally, Consumerism Commentary began two years ago this month. This website is also concerned with independence — financial independence.

Writing here forces me to take a look at my finances. I had to take a look at the many mistakes I made prior to actively thinking about managing my money, and creating a weblog to track my progress made perfect sense.

This isn’t to say I haven’t made mistakes after starting the blog. I still make purchases whose only justification is to satisfy my desire for “things,” but unlike several years ago, I can generally afford to do that once in a while.

Thanks to everyone who has been reading the past few years (as well as those who have joined in over the past few months).

Today, Grace Wong from CNN Money offers three steps for declaring a goal of financial independence, tying the idea to the holiday theme. It’s a little bit of a simplification, but nonetheless true. Her steps: set the goal, assess the cost, and craft the plan.

My plan is to have a great weekend.

Updated September 28, 2007 and originally published July 1, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .