December 2012

The Highs, Lows, and Randoms of 2012

December 31, 2012

If there’s one thing I love about playing ping-pong blogging, it’s the record keeping of all your life’s events on one tidy site :) Or rather, one tidy page. I used to think I could remember everything of importance in a given year, but the truth is I’m getting more and more forgetful in my old age. Plus, we tend to not realize just how […]

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5 For Friday: Gifting and Re-Gifting Edition :)

December 28, 2012

Hidey-ho neighbors! I hope your holidays were just as sexy as all your budgets this week :) I had a most FANTASTIC time hanging with my families and watching Baby Money experience his first Christmas – I want to do it all over again!!! But since we can’t do that, I figured we could at least re-visit some of the joys from the week and […]

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Things We Miss, Things We Gain: From Retirement to Lifestyle Design

December 27, 2012

(Guest Post by Maria, the 50 y/o blogger behind The Money Principle. She’ll be talking a little about ‘pensions’ here in a bit, but keep in mind she’s a resident of the UK where these types of ‘pensions’ she refers to are more like our Social Security… At least from what I can gather. Regardless, the takeaway here is what’s important :)) Some say that with […]

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Happy Boxing Day / J. Money Day!

December 26, 2012

Awww yeaaahh – Happy birthday to me and fellow blogger Martin from Studenomics! It’s a good day to be alive, friends :) Nothing like some back to back celebrations to set the mood right! Unlike when we were kids and no one could ever attend our birthday parties, wha wha wha… But if you were sneaky and celebrated a month *earlier*, let’s say, then perhaps you […]

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December 25, 2012

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How Should You Spend Your Credit Card Rewards?

December 24, 2012

Here’s a short post/tip for you today for all those money nerds out there still soaking in this stuff as the holidays loom ;) Merry Christmas Eve everyone! This question came into my inbox this morning: Yo J, I have some credit card / banking “rewards.” We’re not talking major cash here**. $70 here, $25 dollars there. Should I use it for something practical that […]

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Would a Salary of $161,000 Make You Happiest?

December 21, 2012

It should, according to some new “research” my wife passed along to me. There was an article and vid on a few weeks back, and apparently $161,000 is the new $75,000 across the world ;) The amount every other study shows as being the tipping point for happiness (i.e. the optimum number where the ratio of extra happiness vs. extra income doesn’t scale as […]

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The Oregon Trail Guide to Personal Finance: What Happens Next?

December 20, 2012

(Article by Jana from the Daily Money Shot – hope you like the flashback as much as I did! ;)) As a child of the 80s, I can’t help but have an affinity for The Oregon Trail (the game, not the actual Oregon Trail. Though I do have mad respect for the pioneers who made that trek. That’s some badassery right there). I mean, who […]

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Reader Mail: “Looking For a Little Advice”

December 19, 2012

That was the start of an email chain between a reader and I which ended up turning into a LOT of advice, haha… But hey – that’s what happens when you’re addicted to money and interacting with awesome blog readers! ;) Which this post today is all about. Our entire email conversation is pretty much copied and pasted back and forth here in hopes it […]

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Road Trip Recap & Results of The Car Rental Trick!

December 18, 2012

Welp, 3 days and 1,000+ miles later we’re back and more knowledgeable than ever about North Carolina! And I must say, y’all sure do LOVE your state :) You need to steal Virginia’s motto and start saying North Carolina Is For Lovers! Haha… I haven’t received that many emails or tweets about a blog post of mine in years ;) Thanks so much to everyone […]

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Who Won the $200 Christmas Stimulus You Ask?

December 18, 2012

Pipe down over there, I’m about to tell ya ;) The lucky winner of the 4th Annual Christmas Stimulus 2012 presented by J. Money and Brad Chaffee, and who will be receiving $200 smackers to Amazon this year is…. and who also better buy his/her mom something nice for bringing him/her INTO this world of ours is…. bum bum bum…. Hey, when was the last […]

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Silver Diving Part II: The $500 Half Dollar Experiment

December 17, 2012

I’m at it again!! Round two of looking for silver in coin rolls :) Only this time I’m raising the stakes a bit and trying a new route. ‘Cuz if you recall from my last shot at this, I failed pretty miserably, haha… But who knew coins from 50 years ago wouldn’t be in circulation anymore? Especially those worth 10x-40x their value? ;) Yup, last […]

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Road Trippin’ in Search of Our Next Home!

December 14, 2012

[UPDATE: See the results of our trips here!] After all our talking and wondering about how cool it may be to live in a new area sometime soon (particularly Wilmington, NC), we decided to finally make a weekend of it and head out on a fun road trip :) Where I’m probably in the middle of as you’re reading this right now – woo! You  […]

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Side Hustle Series: I’m A Watch Dealer, Baby!

December 13, 2012

(Guest Post by Sam as part of our Side Hustle Series… Who knew people did this?) When I turned 30, I had a mini mid-life crisis. After all, news anchor Peter Jennings died at 67 and pop star Michael Jackson died at 50. I’ve been frugal ever since the sixth grade when my parents encouraged me to only order water when we went out to […]

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