How Much Does it Cost to Be You: A Journey to Financial Independence

Chukwudi Uraih, MBA
3 min readMar 27, 2023

Introduction

Have you ever stopped to think about how much it actually costs to be you? Many of us go through life making purchases and paying bills without ever truly understanding the impact of our spending habits on our financial health. This lack of awareness can keep us trapped in a cycle of mindless spending, making it difficult to achieve financial independence. It’s time to face the harsh reality and embark on a journey of self-discovery, embracing the emotional challenges that come with uncovering our true financial selves.

The Emotional Weight of Knowing Your Cost

Understanding the cost of being you is a crucial part of gaining control over your finances. By becoming more aware of where your money goes each month, you can face your financial fears head-on and make informed decisions about your spending, prioritizing your financial goals.

The Path to Discovery: Tracking Your Expenses

Tracking your expenses helps you gain a better understanding of where your money goes each month, allowing you to confront your spending habits and take responsibility for your financial choices. Explore various methods for tracking expenses, such as using a spreadsheet, a mobile app, or a pen-and-paper approach. Choose the one that works best for you and commit to taking charge of your financial destiny.

Reviewing Your Spending Habits

Once you’ve tracked your expenses for a month or two, it’s time to analyze the data to better understand your spending habits. Look for trends, patterns, and areas where you may be overspending. This analysis can be both enlightening and uncomfortable, but it’s a necessary step towards financial freedom.

Reflect on the feelings of guilt and regret that can follow impulse purchases or buying things you don’t need.

Identify areas where you can cut back or make changes to your spending habits to improve your financial situation. Embrace the sense of accomplishment that comes with making positive changes and taking control of your financial future.

Finding Your Financial Independence Number

Financial independence means having enough income to cover your living expenses without having to work actively. Discuss the sense of liberation and relief that comes with knowing you are financially secure and free from the burden of living paycheck to paycheck.

To calculate your Financial Independence number, first determine your annual expenses. Multiply your monthly cost of living by 12 to get your yearly expenses. Then, using the 4% Rule (a general guideline that suggests withdrawing 4% of your investments each year to cover living expenses), divide your annual expenses by 4%. For example, if your annual expenses are $40,000, your Financial Independence number would be $1,000,000 ($40,000 ÷ 0.04). Once you hit that number, the MAGIC BEGINS!!!!!

Conclusion

Facing the true cost of being you can be an emotionally challenging experience, but it’s an essential step on the path to financial independence. By tracking your expenses, analyzing your spending habits, and finding your Financial Independence number, you can take control of your financial destiny and work towards a more secure and fulfilling future. Embrace the emotional rollercoaster of this journey, and use your newfound self-awareness to propel you towards financial success.

Hi there, I’m Chudi, an Engineer in Finance, and my passion is transforming lives by guiding individuals on the path to financial independence. I provide personalized, comprehensive, and unbiased financial planning solutions that empower you to take control of your financial future. Ready to embark on a journey towards financial freedom? Let’s connect and make your dreams a reality!

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Chukwudi Uraih, MBA

I am a systems thinker who thinks he is a data scientist who wants to help you get financially free.