When is it OK to have a little fun, and buy things you want, when you’re following the Baby Steps plan?
The time for a little fun is after you’ve completed the first three Baby Steps. Baby Step 1 is saving $1,000 for a beginner emergency fund. Baby Step 2 is paying off all debt, except for your home. And Baby Step 3 means you go back and add to your emergency fund until you have three to six months of expenses set aside.
Once you’re debt-free except for your home and you have your emergency fund completed, you’ve laid a solid, financial foundation for your life. That’s when you can have a little fun and spend some money on a vacation, new furniture, or something like that.
Children think about their immediate wants and do what feels good. Adults, on the other hand, devise