Happy Birthday To Me

I was born on February 8th 1975, and today I am 35 years young. Being 34 wasn’t bad at all, in fact as the years pass me by, they seem to get better and more fulfilling.

Some people have a problem with getting older, but not me. I welcome the added wisdom, knowledge, and experience of the previous year, and am ready to move on to bigger and better things. Age is nothing more than a number.

Live life, love life, and enjoy it while you can—become DEBT FREE!

In 1975:

  • Gerald R. Ford was President – President Ford escaped 2 assassination attempts.
  • U.S. Population was 215,973,199.
  • Federal Debt was $541.9 billion.
  • Unemployment was 8.5%.
  • Pittsburgh defeated Minnesota in Super Bowl.
  • Saturday Night Live premieres on NBC. George Carlin hosts the first show.
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest sweeps the top Oscars, winning Best Picture, Director, Actor, and Actress.
  • Academy Award, Best Picture: The Godfather Part II, Francis Ford Coppola, producer; Gray Frederickson and Fred Roos, co-producers (Paramount)
  • Record of the Year: “I Honestly Love You,” Olivia Newton-John
  • Album of the Year: Fulfillingness’ First Finale, Stevie Wonder (Tamla/Motown)

This Time Last Year:

  • I had debt, and Sallie Mae wanted to move in until 2018. I said NO WAY!
  • We were 14 months into our Total Money Makeover. One of the only New Years Resolutions I have ever followed through completely on.
  • Barrack Obama became President.
  • U.S. Population was 307,212,123 (July estimate)
  • Federal Debt was 10.6 TRILLION.
  • Unemployment was under 8%. Currently over 10%.
  • I had under 41 subscribers.


  • I have been married for 5.5 years.
  • I have 3 kids: Caitlin 13 Isaac 3 Noah 4 mos.
  • I HAVE NO DEBT except for the house.
  • Federal debt is currently 12.3 TRILLION. (Don’t take notes from Washington.)
  • New Orleans Saints defeat The Indianapolis Colts.
  • Am more motivated than ever to teach debt freedom.
  • Am one week away from my last 2 days of work. (SAHD/WAHD) Nice!
  • Am looking forward to becoming a Certified Financial Counselor in April.
  • Considering approaching Washington to introduce them to Financial Peace University.
  • Starting my third FPU at my church.
  • Write for Self reliance Exchange, and something else that is still a secret. ๐Ÿ˜€
  • I have 500+ subscribers. (AND I LOVE YOU ALL!)

That’s it from me today! I will be spending the day with my family! Have a great Monday!

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12 Responses to “Happy Birthday To Me”

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  1. Julie says:

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Bucksome says:

    Happy birthday Brad. Have a wonderful day and thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Sharon says:

    Happy birthday, Brad! Have a wonderful day! Sharon

  4. Brandi says:


    You’ve accomplished some amazing things. So so inspirational!

  5. Ken Kurosawa says:

    Hey Rad Brad, Happy Birthday!

  6. Donna Korzun says:

    Happy Birthday and thanks for all you do.

  7. Michelle says:

    Happy Birthday to you! You are a gifted man with lots to offer many folks. I wish you much continued success.

  8. Brad Chaffee says:

    Thanks everybody! I had a very wonderful day!

    This was the first Birthday in two years that I got a gift. The previous two years, we mutually agreed to sacrifice birthday and vacation spending in order to KILL THAT DEBT!!

    As Dave Ramsey would say, we lived like no one else so now we can live like no one else. I’ll never get sick of that brilliant motto.

    I got a present that I have been wanting for most of our 2 year birthday drought.

    I was so excited! The sacrifice and the wait was COMPLETELY worth it. This message is for all of you out there that frown upon making sacrifices along the way. Sacrifice isn’t forever—-especially if you have a plan!

    Expect to see a blog post about my special present next week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Money Funk says:

    Oh I missed it. Happy Birthday, Brad!

  10. Exciting this is your last week of work! HB and congrats!

  11. J. Money says:

    Happy Barfday old man! To think I was chatting with you and didn’t even realize it ๐Ÿ˜‰

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