Monday’s article touched on a trait that makes me an effective investor: the capacity to see the options inside the deal.
My ability to see second and third order effects isn’t limited to finance.
Last week, Mr. Money Mustache published an article about the cost of buying more assets than we need.
I confess that I am an expert at living above my needs.
The fact that I have earned the “means” does not change the reality of my choices.
Our local hospice has a partnership with an organization in Tanzania. One of their joint projects is building houses for widows and orphans.
It costs $600 to sponsor a house.
These days, I drive a 2011 Toyota Sienna AWD van. The Sportsmobile (pictured above) was sold when my kids arrived.
$600 is the semi-annual cost to insure and register my Sienna. Two houses a year.
Last week, I spent a house on new tires!
The good people at Mint.Com tell me that my Sienna is worth $21,499.
Swapping my Sienna for a cargo bike, would net 30 houses and save my family 6 houses annually, forever.
Over a decade, this choice could help 500 people with the loss of their spouse or parent.
I have been to Tanzania and these are good people to help.
The cost of this change is inconvenience when the weather isn’t great and a reduced ability to go on driving vacations.
The benefit would be knowing that hundreds of kids ride with me each day.
I told my wife that I’m going to wait a year on selling the Sienna.
However, the cargo bike arrives this month. I financed it by selling items that I put to one side last spring.