WELCOME TO MY MONEY BLOG! If you like talking about saving, early retirement, getting out of debt, hustling, and my personal favorite - growing your net worth (I share mine here monthly), you will probably like this site. If you think money is lame, you probably won't. XOXO, J. Money

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“Living off 50% of our income saved me in an unexpected way”

October 17, 2018
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Guys, check out this note I just received from a long-time reader of the blog… So powerful!!! So sad!! So inspiring!! Life Update: I was one of the original people referenced in the “live off 50% of your income” article. Fast forward 6 years. Just as we were about to retire in our early/mid 50s my husband passed away very suddenly. We had been ready […]

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3.5 Million Americans Would Rather Go to Jail Than Pay Debt

October 15, 2018
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That was the headline of a press release I just got – isn’t that crazy?? Or maybe it’s not, I don’t know – who am I to judge right? (okay no – it’s definitely crazy ;)) This comes from a recent survey by MyBankTracker, and apparently this wasn’t the only freedom people were willing to give up to rid themselves of their debts once and […]

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Resource of The Month: “Playing with FIRE” Documentary

October 12, 2018
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Hi guys! This month’s feature is going to be different than the last one because you can’t go out and consume it *just yet*, but I wanted to get it on your radar because it checks off everything I look for in recommendations and thought you’d enjoy a sneak peek of it ;) It’s a new full-length documentary called “Playing with FIRE“, and it aims […]

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A Look at Other Peoples’ Money — Part III 👀

October 10, 2018
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If you’re getting tired of reading about my finances all the time like I am, today you’re getting break ;) IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF “OTHER PEOPLES’ MONEY“! WOO! 💰💰💰 Our series where we showcase snapshots of other peoples’ money in our community, from the older, to the younger, to the single, to the married, to the fabulously wealthy – all in an attempt […]

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The “Buck An Hour” Rule

October 8, 2018
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Here’s a new way of thinking about your expenses! Saw this comment on our post about the 10 things people don’t expect in early retirement, and been stewing on it all morning since… From commenter DS: I created what I call the ‘Buck an Hour Rule’. Basically entertainment should never cost more than $1/hour of your income. That new video game for $70 should return […]

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Why I Skipped My Own Wedding to Save Money

October 5, 2018
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[Hey guys! Please welcome back to the site today, Lyn Alden, who shares her take on wedding costs and why she decided to only spend $800 getting married this year! The pressure is real out there, but there are other ways if you’re open to it!!] ******* The average cost of a wedding in the United States was somewhere between $25,000 and $33,000 in 2017, […]

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Net Worth Update: $902,133.51 // +$7,822.65 and a New Milestone 🏁

October 3, 2018
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Hiiiiiiiiiiii friends!! This is your monthly reminder to update your net worth, and then bask in all your glory from all those years of hustling!! Remember when you didn’t know a lick about finance or even what “net worth” was? Someone on last month’s update asked me why I always feel bad for publishing these as I should be PROUD of my net worth, which […]

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Never Have I Ever… Played This Game With Finances!

October 1, 2018
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Remember that drinking game where every time you can’t answer “true” to the questions you have to take a shot? And every time you look around you realize your friends are just as crazy as you are? We’re gonna play this game today, only instead of alcohol we’re swapping in coffee (and instead of random sexual questions, we’re sticking to financial ones ;)) Close your […]

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This Month’s Favorite $$$ Reads (And Listens!)

September 28, 2018
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Hidey-ho, neighbors! Your boy’s out at FinCon today – our yearly financial blogging conference – so instead of using my brain to conjure up some wise words of financery for y’all, I’ll be temporarily shutting it down and sharing other peoples’ wise words of financery instead. (Real word) But if you come find me at the pool or in the halls over the weekend, I […]

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A Life Insurance Mad Lib!

September 26, 2018
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I don’t know if I mentioned this, but that Best Man’s speech I gave the other weekend included a pretty epic Mad Lib in the middle of it. One which greatly helped me overcome my nerves and complete the mission :) I’ll tell you how it applies to today’s topic in a bit, but first – the mad lib (with the help of my kids […]

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Who handles the $$$ in your household?

September 24, 2018
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Every now and then we receive boxes at our doorsteps, and my sons and I hurry outside to see what new item we’ve got. These were in one of the latest boxes we opened: [Puma + Minions! Baller!] I shared this on Twitter when we got ’em, and when I was asked if it was a gift to us, I said yup! A gift from […]

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It’s Not About The Money, It’s About The *Lifestyle*

September 21, 2018
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I don’t know if you caught it, but in our last net worth update I slipped in something pretty nonchalantly that really should have been more chalant ;) We’ll see if we reach [a million dollars] before the downturn, but either way it really doesn’t matter as it’s not the *amount* that counts, but the *lifestyle* it gives you. It took me a good 6 […]

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“I make $90,000/year on the side tutoring people for standardized tests”

September 19, 2018
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[Welcome to Side Hustle #74! Where expert test taker, Trevor Klee stops by to share his experience – and tips – on how to start your own tutoring business if it piques your interest. We’ve covered your basic tutoring as a side hustle before on this site (#14), as well as getting paid to write questions for standardized tests (#23), but this one takes it […]

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The 4 Flavors of FIRE – Which Are You Shooting For?

September 17, 2018
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Hey guys! So we all know that FIRE stands for Financial Independence Retire Early here, but did you know that there were actually different *types* of FIRE that you could shoot for? Depending on how comfortable you want to be in retirement, as well as how long you’re willing to wait to get there? I caught these in that recent NY Times article that’s been […]

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