The Biggest Quality of Life Change in a Young Man’s Life Comes From Saving Up This Much Money

In college, I can still remember having $21 in my bank account, writing a $20 (with tip) check for pizza, having the check bounce because my bank had taken a two dollar fee out and then having a $20 bounced check fee added on that I couldn’t pay.

It sucked. It sucked not having money to do things with my friends. It sucked because I was always one car repair from not being able to pay my bills. It sucked all the way around.

Then I graduated from college with a psychology degree and the first job I got was as a Walmart portrait studio assistant manager. The job stunk. The pay stunk. It was miserable.

My first few years out of college were tough. I did without. I borrowed money from my parents in a crunch. I got into financial jams that were hard to clear.

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Then, slowly but surely, I started socking away money. Eventually, I got up to the grand total of $2500 and I realized something amazing. That relatively small sum had changed my life.


Because if my car was busted, I could afford to fix it. Because if I lost my job or alternately got so sick of it that I quit (which happened more than once), I could find another crummy job without worrying that I would lose my apartment. I can still remember walking into an antique store, looking at this wild, cool stone-carved table with gargoyles that cost $1500 and thinking, “I could afford to buy that if I wanted to do it.” Did I? No. I lived in an apartment; what did I need with a table like that? It was the principle of the thing. I could AFFORD to buy it and it felt really good. Once I got to that point, a layer of worry and anxiety that was so regular I almost didn’t even realize it was there, left me and never came back.

I am not going to tell you it was easy saving that money. When you don’t make a lot in the first place, it’s hard to sock it away. But, I will tell you having that money in the bank will do more for you than furniture, electronics, partying or vacation ever can. Being able to breathe easier because you have a little money back for the first time will do more for you than you can ever imagine.


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John Hawkins created in 2001; built it up to a top 10,000 in the world website; created a corporation with more than 20 employees to support it; created a 3.5 million person Facebook page; became one of the most popular conservative columnists in America; was published everywhere from National Review to Human Events, to Townhall, to PJ Media, to the Daily Wire, to The Hill; wrote a book 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know that was at one point top 50 in the self-help section on Amazon; did hundreds of hours as a guest on radio shows, raised $611,000 in a GoFundMe for Brett Kavanaugh’s family and has been talked about everywhere from The New York Times to Buzzfeed, to the Washington Post, to Yahoo News, to the Rush Limbaugh Show, to USA Today. After seeing the unjust way that Brett Kavanaugh was treated during his hearings and how a lifetime worth of good work was put at risk by unprovable allegations, John Hawkins decided to create a men’s website. Welcome to Brass Pills!


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