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7 ways to declare financial independence

Show your money who's the boss
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Show your money who's the boss

Ever feel like gathering up your bills in protest and throwing them in the nearest harbor?

OK, maybe you don't have to be that dramatic. But you can declare war on your debt, assert your financial independence -- and liberate yourself from fiscal stress.

All with a minimum of fireworks. (Although a parade would be nice.)

Like anything else, financial independence means different things to different people. To some, it means having the cash to buy what they want. To others, it means saving for retirement or a home. And for some folks, it simply means opening the bills without dread.

Whatever your definition, it means you command your money and not the other way around. That's a victory worth celebrating.

Here are seven strategies to declare financial independence.

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