Stupid Tax – Paying My Fair Share

Courtesy of Dave Ramsey

Courtesy of DaveRamsey.com

Stupid Tax ….

No, not the tax I pay the government (although I’m not a fan of that either).

No Stupid tax is the tax I pay on my stupid decisions.

In 2003 I went to one of those RV shows. Now, mind you, I’ve been camping once and never had been in an RV. I walked aboard these traveling homes and was hooked. What a cool idea!  I always wanted to travel the US of A so why not in my own RV? So stupid me buys a 55K RV that I was excited about for only 50k. Yep, the show model. I was going to be a world traveler. Collect all those states on my map I was stopping at RV World for. Eventually I’d figure out the issue with driving my new toy to Hawaii. But that is another story.    🙂

RV Stupid Tax

My RV Stupid Tax

Oh, we traveled locally for the first year or two. I did collect 4 states. But in the end, my new “toy” mainly sat in our dirt lot. Years went by and I kept letting it sit and I kept shelling out my $500 a month “stupid tax”. Yep, $6,000 a year for nothing. This RV will end up costing me almost $80,000 by the time I’m done. This RV was the first item I had to let go of my perfect payment record. This RV cost me more than money. It cost me my sense of pride. The pride I held for never missing a payment.

When it came time to realize I couldn’t pay it all, the RV that sat in my yard for 3 years with no movement due to my stubborness to let it go, was the first item I knew I had to let finally bite the dust.

I’ll write about that more later, but let’s just say… When I waste money, I do it with zero’s on the end!

This isn’t my only stupid tax. I have a few stories to share along our journey. Just know.. you are not alone. We all do stupid!

T

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