PRLog - June 12, 2014 - TORONTO -- Authors Don Plenter and Tracy Thomas are heading across the US and Canada this summer in their home, a 20 foot tiny house. Their mission? To raise awareness that eco-sustainability is directly linked to personal financial sustainability, and for many, it’s achievable in one year. They will interview and counsel people seeking financial solutions in an economy of skyrocketing housing costs and crushing personal debt levels. Plenter, a former corporate banker and Thomas, a former real estate broker, are on course to hit 46 cities during a 5 month charitable tour. They’ll be guiding folks towards financial independence while assisting them in concurrently reducing their carbon footprint. They’ll be traveling in their tiny house on wheels to do it, the construction of which commenced in 2013 with sponsor support, and will be completed just prior to the August tour launch.
Homazooma Tiny House Touring Coast to Coast - Summer 2014
Plenter explains “Everyone has a net worth, not just the wealthy and no matter where they’re starting from, they need to know their future net worth” which he claims is the “only yardstick against which to measure the impact of one’s financial decisions made today.” You can learn your future net worth at Plenter and Thomas’s free website homazooma.com. According to US Census, Thomas says “80% of Americans are in debt and Canadians are not much better off – had they been able to track their future net worth, perhaps they would have made different choices. But the good news is that it’s not too late to turn the tide.” Lowering one’s carbon footprint is a natural result of following their advice on becoming financially sustainable.
According to Plenter “Consumers must understand that financial commitments made today, no matter how small, have a lifelong compounding effect, and interest payments are not the most significant cost.” Plenter continues “In this economy, saving money and budgeting will not solve most people’s debt problems.” Following the steps they suggest, the average consumer with credit card debt, car payments, maybe a mortgage and a net worth of under $50K – who continues to work – could double their net worth in a year, eliminate their debt and reduce their carbon footprint. The pair maintain that the root of high personal debt is housing, and it’s far more than the cost of mortgage payments, rent or interest. Their research also concludes there is a direct link between housing, debt, consumer products and the carbon footprint left behind.
To date, over $70,000 in support has been received from large corporations and small companies alike, who have aligned with their financial and eco-sustainability mission. “What we offer is good for the wallet and good for the planet.” Thomas said. Anyone wanting to get out of debt and live a greener lifestyle can learn more in their book “Live Tiny, Grow Rich: Double Your Net Worth in 1 Year By Creating Financial & Eco-Sustainability (http://www.amazon.com/
Local business owners who would like to show their support for this sustainability green initiative, are invited to their first open house in Tottenham. They’ll hold open houses at every destination on tour, charging one dollar per person to view, with proceeds going to support local charities. For advertising or open house details, please contact them directly at TinyOpenHouse@
Tracy Thomas / Don Plenter
Tracy Thomas / Don Plenter