December 2013

Marrying Logic with Emotion

December 31, 2013
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That was the subject line of an email I found in my drafts this morning :) Pretty catchy right? I like to rummage through my inbox every now and then when I have a fit of writer’s block, and that line stole my attention right away and got me to open up the rest of the email to see what words I had dropped… And, […]

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My New Year’s Resolution: Start Acting Like “an Adult”

December 30, 2013
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My New Year’s resolution this year is to “act like an adult.” And by that I mean pretty much doing all the stuff I hate doing, but I know I need to, in order to remain healthy and be here for my kids down the road :) Which entails: Working out at least 30 mins a day Eating healthier. MUCH healthier. I never thought I […]

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The Dipper and The Bucket

December 27, 2013
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I came across a new blog this week (Bucking The Trend), and one of the articles on it really hit home. It was about living a more meaningful and deliberate life, where the blogger listed out about 15 or so DO’s and DON’Ts to live by. Keeping his family and kids in the forefront of his thinking. Here were some of my favorite lines from […]

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It’s My Birthday and I Can Not Budget if I Don’t Want To (?)

December 26, 2013
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AKA the day where I walk around shops with birthday money to burn, but always come home empty because the *idea* of being able to splurge on anything I want makes me happier than the stuff itself ;) As in: It’s the best feeling in the world. Because it’s someone else’s money. And those someone elses want you to have fun with it! With your […]

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Merry Blessed Christmas!

December 25, 2013
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Merry Christmas! Thanks so much for being a part of our blog family! May your day be as beautiful as you are sexy ;) (And may you get the gifts of your dreams too. Like, say, this Armadillo Handbag) —– PS: I took that photo up there with my iPhone – cool, huh? J. Money Jay loves talking about money, experimenting, blasting hip-hop, and hanging […]

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The Last Day For Christmas Slackers!

December 24, 2013
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I’m just gonna put it out there right away: I haven’t bought a single present for a single friend or a single family member/dog/cat/baby/blogging buddy/etc. Not a thing. Now, every year I SAY I’m going to be done by this time in the season and then blog about how big of a rock star I am, but the truth is I can never do anything […]

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Thoughts on Self-Employment After 3 Years

December 23, 2013
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Whelp. It’s now been 3 years since that fateful day of being let go and jumping into blogging full-time (anyone still reading from 2010?), and as we cross the 6 Million page view mark, I can’t express how grateful I am to still be here. Who knew a blog could change your life?? :) Throughout these past few years however – and really, the past […]

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Wallet Crashing #4: Kathy Kristof – Kiplinger Editor and Award Winning Journalist/Author

December 20, 2013
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Wallet Crashing’s back! This time to the ladies and their purses :) Specifically, my dear friend – and AWESOME journalist – Kathy Kristof from the L.A. Times, Kiplinger Mag, and more. She’s one of the few personal finance “experts” that actually crack me up (See: the Liz Weston vs. Kathy Kristof blogger showdown), which is why I thought she’d be perfect for this ;) Here’s […]

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Quirky Christmas Traditions

December 19, 2013
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[Guest blogger today – Anne – from Unique Gifter] Sometimes there are events that really stick out in your mind, years and years later, even though they were pretty inconsequential at the time. I’m about to share one of those things for me, which I perhaps remember because it was traumatic to my young mind? It was at a Christmas party for the local professional […]

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What Went Well This Year? What Didn’t?

December 18, 2013
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My favorite parts of the months/years, are the ends. ‘Cuz something in us loves to stop for a few and look back over what just happened, and then look forward to what’s about to come. (Or, what we *hope* is about to come ;)). So when my boy Nate shot me a link over to Chris Guillebeau’s recent article on reviewing 2013, I stopped what […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Sex of J. Money Baby #2 Revealed

December 17, 2013
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BUDGETVILLE, Va. (AP) –– It was a cold, wintery day outside the perinatologist yesterday, but for the Money family it couldn’t have been sunnier. With a few squirts of jelly and rubbing of a wand, the sonogram had painted a perfect discovery: IT’S GOING TO BE A BOY!!! And no sooner did the twig and respective berries show up, than did waves of happiness and […]

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The Jobs That Get You The Biggest Tips

December 16, 2013
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[If you guessed sex, booze, and gambling, you’d be right ;)] Saw this video on CNN about Apple stock and home ownership predictions for 2014 (more on that later), but then at the end it threw in a zinger on the people who get paid the MOST via tips at their jobs. Which is always fun to see for some reason? :) And, as we […]

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13 Ways to Scare off Your Money [in Gifs]

December 13, 2013

Happy Friday the 13th, gents! In honor of this magically spooky day, I thought I’d share with you what’s REALLY scary in this world today! It ain’t no black cats or weirdos with chainsaws either… I present to you: 13 Scary Things People Are Doing With Their Money! #1) They spend more than they make. #2) They put the rest on credit cards. #3) They […]

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How I Failed at Buying a Rental Property

December 12, 2013
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[By guest author, Jeff Rose today. AKA The Rock. AKA new-published-author-who-included-me-in-his-book-so-now-I-can-say-I’m-officially-published-too ;)] If there is one thing that sucks about being an entrepreneur, it’s the fact that you always want to dabble in new things. When I was six years into my career of being a financial advisor, things were good. My business was growing and I really had no need to pursue any new […]

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