I'm 21 and make $45,000 a year. I've heard about your 100 percent down plan to buy a house. I'd like to know more about this, and where I should put the money I'd be saving.
I like the way you think. But there's really no big "plan" to what I'm talking about. It's not rocket science. It's just a matter of saving like crazy and living on rice and beans for a few years, so you can save up the cash to buy your home outright.
If you're looking at buying a place in less than five years I'd put it in a money market account. In this case, you're not going to be saving long enough for interest to be a huge factor. Your best buddy is going to be a low-key lifestyle.
If your time frame is more like 15 or 20 years, then you should look into mutual funds. Most people don't stretch the idea out over that period of time, but if you do you'll get some great help from a friend named compound interest.
I don't beat people up for taking out a 15-year, fixed-rate mortgage. But I'm always for people living like no one else so that later they can live like no one else!