Financial Freedom and the 4th of July

Today, on its 241st birthday, the United States of America is a completely different place than any of our founding fathers might have ever imagined. Back in 1776 on this day, the world was just beginning to expand for America, stepping outside of the shadow of Britain and King George III to develop their very own path to independence. That path included political freedom and economic freedom that ultimately links to what financial freedom is all about!

Today is the 4th of July, the anniversary of America's independence. It's a day when we celebrate our freedoms, including goals of financial freedom.

When you seriously think about the road that we have traveled over the past two centuries (I’m a history major so I can’t help doing that), you will see the sacrifices that were made over and over again by people who started this great experiment in “freedom”. They have kept that process alive over every generation. It makes us proud to be a part of that process.

Today, the world is much bigger than it was back in 1776. Everything that happens is globally linked and that means not only things that affect our politics, finances, and civil rights, but even more, like whether we will have clean air and water and how our environment and climate is changing. This can ultimately put the human race’s survival at issue.

Goals and Challenges

The goals of most of us are fairly simple and consistent. We want life, liberty, and the right to pursue happiness just as it was written in our Declaration of Independence. The big difference today from back in 1776 is that the roadblocks we face in obtaining those goals are in every corner of the planet. All are serious threats to any group of people who just want the ability to be free and have quality in their lives.

So as you enjoy this Independence Day today, please think about all of those who came before us and how they met the challenges they faced. We are dealing certainly with more complex overall threats to our personal and financial freedoms today that is true, but essentially we are still dealing with the same fundamental problems.

In order to achieve your life goals, you still have to work hard and plan properly. You need to have the ability to overcome and persevere no matter what you face. That has been done over and over again by millions of Americans in every era of our country. We all have to “do the right thing” (with apologies to Spike Lee) in order to achieve our goals and that will never change.

Achieving Financial Freedom

Learn all you can about your financial rights and resources. Don’t make assumptions about your finances and just hope that everything works out for you and your family. Always plan and re-evaluate your plans to make sure that adjustments are made when they are necessary. Don’t you think that’s what the founding fathers did back in the day?

Most of us have little or no influence on world affairs although all of us do have the potential to be an influencer if we put our minds to that. But, what all of us actually have is the ability to shape our own financial futures if we simply make the effort. While we all don’t start on a level playing field, using a hard work ethic, getting a good education, thinking outside the box, and making goals and plans are basics in accomplishing financial independence. If you succeed with those elements, financial freedom is within your grasp.

From me to you, have a great 4th of July and make the celebration a symbol of your financial freedom plan!

About Gary Weiner @ Super Saving Tips

Over the last 45 years I’ve worked in retail (department stores and supermarkets) and financial planning. In addition, I am a shopper, born and bred, who enjoys the challenges of finding the best items for the best prices. When I’m not busy saving money or writing here at Super Saving Tips, I enjoy baseball, music, and classic movies. I am retired and live in New Jersey with my wife.

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8 Comments

  1. Great post and happy 4th! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is a very timely post, highlighting financial freedom exactly on the fourth of July. Those who haven’t started planning yet should do so now to achieve financial freedom. Learning your financial rights and getting exposed to all the right resources will guide you t the right direction. Planning is necessary and adapting to change is also recommended to make sure that everything will still fall into place later on.

    My take here is this, determine your future needs, consider all the available options, diversify your investments, including your healthcare and long term care needs in your financial plan, talk to experts if you have to and make a well-informed decision, and you’ll be all set for the future.
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  3. Hope you had a great Independence Day Gary! Weather you are, 24, 41 or 241 it’s never too late to start planning for financial independence/freedom. All about having a plan and executing it.
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  4. Happy belated 4th, Gary!

    It’s so true that we have little influence over the state of affairs in the world but we have complete influence over the state of our own back yard.

    I love the freedom theme — didn’t know you were a history major! I hope you enlighten me more. Dates, events, history, geography, science — facts have a hard time finding permanent space in my brain.
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    • I love history, Mrs. Groovy! And one of the reasons why is that once you learn a historical fact, it almost never changes so it’s easy to keep up with it (of course, perspectives change). I appreciate your wishes and hope you had a great holiday too.

  5. I hope you had a great 4th of July, Gary. I had a wonderful Canada Day on the 1st : )
    I think it’s so important for all of us to consider what we are doing with the freedoms that were won for us. I feel badly for the ways in which I have squandered my freedom. There is no freedom in indebtedness. Fortunately, we all have the power to change, and anyone who has lost freedom to their debt can gain it back again. Here’s to shaping financial futures of freedom!

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