- Sean, who goes by “The Money Wizard,” is a 28-year-old blogger and financial analyst.
- He grew his net worth by more than $US100,000 in two years and is on track for an early retirement.
- Sean found that one of the best ways to start building wealth is to save small amounts of money every day – he started by saving $US5 a day and is now saving about $US100 a day.
- His calculations reveal that if you save and invest $US30 a day, earning a 7% rate of return, you can be a millionaire in 30 years.
Built over four thousand years ago, The Great Pyramid of Giza stood as the tallest structure in the world until 1311. (That’s a run that makes the Empire State Building’s 40-year reign seem like a blip…)
The construction used over 2.3 million slabs of giant granite blocks, each one cut with amazing precision.
Just how ancient civilizations managed the construction is a mystery that’s perplexed scientists for centuries. Some say the pyramid is actually an eroded mountain. Others claim it’s part of the Lost City of Atlantis or evidence of extraterrestrial help from Ancient Aliens.
But here’s the most likely scenario, and the one most historians agree on: 30,000 skilled laborers worked tirelessly, dragging the granite up ramp after ramp, slowly hoisting the stones hundreds of feet in the air. Day in and day out, for over 20 years.
That our minds have trouble imaging this mostly likely scenario isn’t all that surprising, because we do the exact same thing with our money goals every day.
The small stuff adds up
The Latte Factor is the concept that tiny amounts of money could add up to huge amounts of savings over time. True to the name, the classic example is a $US5 cup of coffee each morning.
As David explains, if that same $US5 was instead invested and earned the stock market’s historical return of 7% per year, our luxury coffee drinker would have an extra $US1,953 after just one year.
And after 40 years?
Wait for it…
Just from a few coffees!
I immediately found the idea fascinating. And as a money blogger chasing total financial freedom, of course I wanted to figure out how much I’d have to save per day to reach my ultimate goal: a $US1 million dollar portfolio and an early exit from the rat race.
The 30 for 30 Rule: How saving $US30 a day will make you a millionaire
I plugged the numbers into my financial calculator over and over, and yet the result was always the same.
All it takes to become a millionaire is to save just $US30 a day (that’s assuming the stock market’s historical 7% rate of return). Over and over again.
I don’t know about you, but I immediately found this incredibly relieving. I’d be intimidated if the only path to wealth was a lucky break, a brilliant business idea, or a Powerball victory.
But $US30 a day? Anyone can save $US30 a day!
$US30 a day is as simple as passing on a dinner out, driving a cheaper car, or even working a couple extra hours at a low-paying job.
And if cutting back isn’t your style, I just finished a step-by-step strategy showing how anyone can side hustle an extra $US11,207 next year.
What do you know… that’s a perfect $US30.70 a day!
“Sure, Money Wizard, but 30 years is a loooong time…”
Here’s the great part about The Latte Factor and The 30 for 30 Rule: It’s a starting point.
Because I promise you, once you open your eyes to the incredible compounding effect of your money, you’ll find yourself looking to up your savings wherever you can.
I started out inspired by the idea of saving $US5 a day. Before I knew it, I’d upped that saving to $US10, then $US20 a day.
Eventually, I hit the magic $US30 a day. And then I asked myself, “Why not fast track this path to a million?”
So I started cutting costs where I could, and working relentlessly to increase my income. Before I knew it, I was saving $US40, $US50, and $US60 a day.
And last year? I saved a whopping $US35,000. That’s nearly $US100 a day.
Invested in a mix of index funds, that was enough to grow my net worth from $US158,000 to $US231,000 in one year. (You can see my net worth tracked every month here.)
Money doesn’t have to be as complicated as the pyramids – because the secret to success is easier than you think
The pyramids weren’t built by Ancient Aliens, and millionaires don’t have to get lucky.
A little bit of effort, over and over again, is all it takes to build serious wealth.
“You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid.’ You do that every single day. And soon you have a wall.” – Will Smith
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