I am generation of Z!

What’s up guys! My name is Joe Burton, I am one of Mark and Margie’s kids, I am the generation of Z!  They asked me to write a little something about how their lifestyle of being healthy and financially fit has affected me, so, here is my 100% honest opinion on it….

“The nutritional side of things”

Firstly, the nutritional side of things; I am an extremely active young man, I am often out of the house almost 12 hours a day, maybe stopping by for 30 minutes in between school, work, and dance rehearsals (yes I am a dancer).  My favorite part about the healthy eating is how quick and easy it can actually be.  I could quite easily throw some breaded chicken and fries in the oven for 20 minutes for my dinner, but there always seems to be a much healthier option to be made in just the same amount of time.  It really is a choice.  My biggest struggle has always been not having enough time in the day to cook myself a good meal, but it’s amazing how much better I feel, during and after when I do manage to get some honest good food inside of me!

“Budget sheet”

Now for the money side of things! My dad (Mark) introduced me to his “Budget sheet”  2 years ago, when I was 17. I liked the idea of knowing where my money was going and being in control of it all so I gave it a try. For the first few months it was honestly a nightmare because, as is typical every single month something came up, from having to buy a new phone, to repairs on my car.  There was always some sort of expenditure that threw me off. However, I still believe if I didn’t have the budget sheet I would have been worse off.

“Safety nets”

Right now, I could have almost anything go wrong and I would be able to handle it financially. This is because little by little you build up your “safety nets” for all of the things that you may have to pay for. The budget sheet has given me so much freedom with my money, something my Dad likes to call GUILT FREE SPENDING, and it is exactly that, being able to spend money without the thought of ‘can I afford this ?’.

I have learned a lot from my old man and budgeting my money has also given me the additional side effects of discipline and maturity. SO… thank you dad, and to everyone else, ENJOY THE FREEDOM OF BUDGETING!

– Joe Burton

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