There are an awful lot of men out there financially struggling. That can happen at any age, but men just starting out in life have it worse. In a sense, they’re beginning at zero and trying to figure out how to build a financial life and many of them have never gotten any good advice about it. In 2017, 78% of Americans said they were living paycheck-to-paycheck. If that’s who was raising you, guess what? They probably aren’t giving you good financial advice. Now me? I can do it because I know what it’s like to be poor, but I’m sure as hell not poor anymore and it wasn’t an accident either.
I’ve been poor.
Bouncing a check for a $20 pizza poor. Sleeping in an elevator for a night when I was out of town poor because I couldn’t afford to pay for a 1/4 share of a cheap room and was too proud to take charity poor. Living on a bag of potatoes and 33 cent burritos because I had $10 to eat for a week poor. Wearing shirts with holes in them, borrowing money and getting angry about $2 bank fees poor.
I could go on, but you get the idea.