Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 1806 – 1861
(Updated and financialized by Tana Gildea)
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee enough to live within our means
So we shall never face the collections fiends
And we can be debt-free at the end of our days.
My 401k can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of our being at an ideal pace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, without going into debt and causing us to fight.
I love thee freely, with all my spending in plain sight.
I love thee purely, with my assets protecting us each night.
I love thee with the passion to invest our assets with good use
Without my old fears, and with a conservative faith.
I love thee without needing jewels,
Or endless stuff like some fools. I love thee with the bonds,
stocks, and security of a good financial life; and, if God choose,
I shall save and invest until we part in death.
Who do you love enough to create financial security for? Hopefully yourself!
To your financial (and Valentine) success! Tana