“What does freedom mean to you?… Life should be about a series of experiences…”

“In 2008, after the birth of his first child, Baker and his wife decided to sell everything they owned, pay off their consumer debt, and spend a year traveling abroad as a family. They began sharing their journey in early 2009 on the blog Man vs. Debt, now 15000 subscribers strong. In sharing their ups and downs in the areas of personal finance, consumerism, clutter, travel, minimalism, and passionate entrepreneurship, they realized they aren’t alone in a desire to explore and grow.”

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Adam Baker – Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love. — 5 Comments

  1. I started selling junk and things I don’t use anymore on eBay several months ago. It can certainly be hard work at times, but I’ve found I actually enjoy doing it and I make several hundred extra dollars a month. It’s enough to pay my student loan payments and frees up my actual paycheck to put towards other things, like building materials.

  2. I see one big flaw in your comment, Owen.

    Nader Khalili’s dream was to build buildings on the Moon, and that is how he came up with earthbags.

    So… maybe for some people, Freedom might actually BE rocket science.

    Let’s build Earthbag Food Forest greenhouses on the freekin’ Moon!!!

    (If anyone hears a big boom in the area of Thailand, you may have just heard Owen’s head explode!)

    hehehehe

    • No thanks. I like it here on earth just fine. I like it even better now that our garden is starting to crank out lots of yummy produce. Stay tuned for updates.

  3. I’m working my way through the Man vs. Debt website and liking what I see. These are topics every homeowner needs to tackle at some point so they have financial freedom to live the life they want. Want to live in the country where costs are way lower and there’s a slower pace of life, etc? Then you’ll need to figure out how to start your own business or at least generate a little extra income. I’ve been corresponding with Dr. Jerry Epps about this and feel that many people overthink things / make things more complicated than they have to be. Focus on what people really need and figure out how to deliver those goods or services at a competitive price. It doesn’t have to be real complicated.

    For instance, Jerry and I have been discussing a case study of an auto repair shop not far from my house. The owner is doing everything right as far as I can see. He bought an inexpensive piece of land along a busy highway. It was a flood plain next to a bridge. He raised the site with fill dirt, let it sit through one rainy season, and then built a simple pole shed. Everything is low cost and simple. They instantly had full capacity at around 12 cars at a time. I drive by almost every day and it’s almost always full of cars. Most auto repair shops are downtown. This guy catches people as they drive into town. If they have an automotive problem, they’ll probably pull into this shop rather than drive downtown through traffic. No advertising needed. So you can see this is not rocket science.

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