Hi, I’m Ree Klein
I was born a spender. Perhaps it was in my genes or some sort of disease I caught at an early age. My sister, on the other hand, was born a saver. Who knows why we were so different? The only thing I know for sure is that I’m in good company; the world is full of people like me.
It took a rude awakening to make me to change. It didn’t come easily, yet it wasn’t so hard. As traumatic as it was, it transformed my life from one of constant stress, fear and doubt to a centered existence filled with happiness and confidence. In the process, I became passionate about sharing my story and the techniques I have learned on my journey.
My Mission: To build and share emotional, spiritual and financial wealth.
What’s so Special About Me?
Nothing, and that’s the point. I’m a regular person with a regular life. I’ve faced run-of-the-mill challenges just like you. I don’t have a college degree and didn’t grow up wealthy. Nor have I inherited a fortune, and likely never will.
I’m not the founder of a company worth millions. I’ve had ordinary jobs, remained a spender at heart, made stupid decisions and had to learn how to recover from them. When I retire there’ll be no pension, just personal savings and whatever Social Security can provide. See, nothing special.
An Embarrassing Admission
It’s embarrassing to admit, but in the spirit of full disclosure, I’ll share a skeleton I’ve kept hidden in my closet for a long time. I declared bankruptcy around age 29 due to credit card abuse and my need for immediate gratification. I bailed on LESS than $20k expecting to finally have some extra cash and be relieved from the stress of using cash advances to pay bills.
What I didn’t count on was how difficult life would be after the bankruptcy. I could no longer use credit cards to buy necessities—oops, I mean stuff I wanted— nor could I handle an “emergency,” which often cropped up. There was no relief because I was forced to live on what I made.
If I had only done that before the bankruptcy I could have paid off my debt, avoided filing bankruptcy and not had to live with the regret and embarrassment of that decision. This quote says it all:
A Work In Progress
Like everyone, I’m still a work in progress. On my journey I have adopted techniques from some inspiring people and crafted some simple tools of my own.
I hesitate to share this next bit of information for fear it will sound boastful or worse yet, overwhelming and put you off. But, I think it’s necessary to share it as proof that it can be done and to inspire you so here it goes…
I bought and paid off my small Southern California single-family home within 15 years after purchasing it and grew my net worth to just over $1 million dollars.
If a regular person like me can achieve this despite making stupid mistakes and experiencing some major economic bumps along the way, so can you.
Having a Mentor Makes All the Difference
The one thing that gave me a tremendous advantage was having a patient mentor. EscapingDodge.com is my way of giving you a virtual army of mentors. So sit back, keep an open mind and you might stumble onto something that could change your life.
Enough About Me, So What About You?
Are you here because you’re already in trouble and the word “budget” sounds like nails on a chalk board? Perhaps you’re a saver hitched to a spender and can’t get any traction on talk about money. Or maybe financial discipline isn’t a problem, but you have a passion for the subject.
This community is designed for people committed to improving their relationship with money as well as potential mentors whose stories could inspire others. Whatever your reason for showing up, I’m excited that you did and can’t wait to hear your thoughts.
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Welcome. Here’s to a brighter and more prosperous future!
Last revision: 07/15/14