Happy Friday, friends! Say hello to my new little friend up there – Mr. Money Gnome. I woke up yesterday and saw him out my window, apparently opening the back yard gate (wtf?) and I literally have no idea where he came from.
Here are my ideas so far:
- A friend is pranking me
- I have an internet stalker and this is just the beginning of what he/she/it has planned for me
- Someone didn’t want him and threw him in our yard, accidentally hitting our gate open and miraculously landing on his feet
- I bought him when I was drunk and I have absolutely no recollection
My imagination tends to get the best of me with these things (remember the car accident? or the mysterious wallet??), so I thought I’d stay optimistic and take it as a good luck sign. Perhaps Mr. Gnome is merely a symbol of great wealth, and by positioning himself next to an open gate like that foreshadows more of it coming our way? A *gateway* of wealth, if I may? :)
I’ll let you know what comes of it (if this is the last time you hear from me you’ll know the answer!), but I’m quite puzzled to say the least. I mean, WHO LEAVES A GNOME AT SOMEONE’S HOUSE??
[UPDATE: It was a friend of mine playing a joke on me :) Apparently she had gotten it as a gag gift yeas ago at work, and instead of donating it to the Salvation Army decided to have some fun with it… Little did she know we’d make him famous on the internetz!! ZOMG!]
In other random news, I woke up to a swarm of ants falling out of our smoke detector last night. The alarm went off at 2 am, and when I went to unplug the thing (there was no fire, don’t worry), they literally fell out in clumps onto my head. To say it was disgusting is an understatement. Though I’m more concerned with what the hell is going on with our house lately?? Haha… Another reason to be happy about renting again though, I’ll say that ;)
And before you ask, no. They weren’t fire ants – you witty devils, you.
Shall we talk about money yet? ;)
Here’s a bunch of things that happened this week:
I bought a gallon of milk for $4.00 and thought I was being ripped off. When did milk cost over four freakin’ dollars??? I’m obviously not the grocery shopper in our household, but my jaw just about hit the floor when the cashier gave me back $15.00 and change from my $20 bill. I literally asked where the rest of it was and she fired back “Oh honey, it’s been this way for a while.” Next thing you’re gonna tell me is that gas doesn’t cost $1.00 anymore? ;)
(On a side note, when I tweeted about this I learned from my Canadian friends that it costs $8.00’ish in some (all?) parts!! EIGHT DOLLARS! They said it’s so bad that they literally drive over the boarder into the U.S. and then come back with a stockpile… Here’s a crazy video Money Ramblings sent me about what it’s like dealing with this at Costco. #1stWorldProblems)
I bought a liter of Baileys and knew I was getting ripped off. But you know, alcohol.
I gave freelance writing a shot. And made $1,000, off just ONE article! I hinted that this was a possibility a few weeks ago, and it turned out to be correct :) Just because I ASKED. I literally said “I’m not sure if I have the time to devote to this, but what’s your budget?” and they said “We can only do $1,000, is that okay?” Umm… I then asked the next few offers that came my way the same thing (I get pitched at least twice a month and usually just say no cuz I had no idea how much money was involved!) and those came in at $50 and $25 respectfully. I turned them both down, and the one at $50 asked what I would need to make it happen. I said $200, and they said OK (!!!!). Man… that old cliche works! We’ll see if these have just been flukes or not, but regardless it’s completely opened up my eyes. Something for you all to keep in mind too!
I learned that you can share your Amazon Prime account with others in your household! I found this out through DebtRoundup.com, and it’s awesome because I’m the guy with all the Amazon *credit* in my account, but my wife is the one with Prime! So we either have to use my account to buy stuff for free but then wait for shipping (again, #1stWorldProblems!), or we have to use her account and then pay for it since you can’t xfer credit :( So this solves that!!
I started blogging M,W,F now that I’m back, and so far so good? I’m anxious as hell on every day nothing goes up, but on the flip side I’m having the time of my life building and growing the site and thinking about better content for you all :) Like, for example these two pages that I would have never had time to compile beforehand: Net Worth Tracker and the Ultimate Side Hustle page. Interestingly enough my traffic is through the roof as well here? Puts things into perspective just how important you think you are, haha… I’m not sure if this will remain constant or not, but for now we’re testing it out :)
I’m thinking of becoming a money coach!
I love helping people one-on-one in general, and lately with all my blog consulting, and the idea to do so with people’s money somehow never really entered my brain. Until this email I got last year, and then specifically the comments left towards the end about people I don’t even know saying they’d gladly pay me to help them get on track! I mean, if people are asking and ready to get their $hit together, why not give it a shot and help some people out?
I have a bunch of chats set up with people in the field doing this already, so we’ll see what comes of it. There are a ton of different options you can go (“Financial Planner”, “Daily Money Manager”, “Coach”) but considering I have no certifications whatsoever and really just love MOTIVATING people to take action and guiding them along, the coach route is def. the way to go.
If any of this sounds interesting to you, drop me a note :) Perhaps you can be one of my first
guinea pigs clients? I’ll probably be targeting those in their 20s and 30s that just need to get cleaned up and a good game plan in tact, but happy to chat about the idea with any of you who think I can help out. Excited just thinking about it!!
(Big ups to Flannel Guy for letting me steal his doodle art up there – I need that framed for my office!)
Interesting interviews I participated in this month:
- Blogging to a $1 Million and Staying Sexy @ Side Hustle Nation
- The Art of Curation with Rockstar Finance’s J. Money @ FINCON Expo
- A Giving Q&A with J Money, Co-Founder of Love Drop! @ Big Guy Money
- X-Men Money Mistakes: Origin Stories of Real-Life Financial Superheroes @ Go Banking Rates
Come drink beers with me at FINCON14!
If you’re a financial blogger or a wannabe financial blogger (or wanna be person with money), you need to get your sweet ass to this year’s Financial Blogging Conference, hosted in the great city of New Orleans :) Hosted by Phil from PTMoney.com, and visited by every awesome blogger you know and read from California to Australia, it really is worth the time and money.
Here are 3 reasons I go every single year:
- To hang out with people who love money and blogging
- To learn from all my peers (and the special guests that are brought in )
- To get away from the computer and do something in real life.
If that excites you too, check out FinconExpo.com for more details. And make sure to book your tkts before June 30th as they’ll keep on rising from that point forward until the day of the event! (September 18th). Need convincing? Email me. I’ll tell you thinks like “best conference of the year!” and “where else do you get to be surrounded by nerds who understand you?” Seriously, go.
Favorite reads from the month:
Brought to you by my other project, Rockstar Finance, where I sort through 200+ articles a day and share my favorites! If you get on my email list I’ll shoot you a note with the 3 new gems I find each and every day. It’s a great way to find other awesome bloggers out there :)
- Treat Your $1 Bills as Soldiers @ Grumpy and Annoyed
- You Saved $128 Million by NOT Buying a Picasso! @ Afford Anything
- My Job Is to Make Banks Rich: Here’s How to Avoid our Wrath @ Making Sense of Cents
- The Only Real Guarantee With Money @ Escaping Dodge
- I Have Donald Trump Beat @ Frugal Fringe
- The $70 Million Paycheck @ Action Econ
- 6 Unconventional Money Tips @ VOSA
- If You Can’t Save 5%, You Don’t Deserve to Borrow 95% @ My Alternate Life
Enjoy the weekend! Don’t worry about me, I’ll just be chillin’ with my
freaky money gnome friend ;)
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