How I Save Money… [In Pictures]

by J. Money - Last updated January 12, 2015

duct tape wallet

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I know we’ve obsessed about saving money going on a straight week now (what can I say, when you’re into something you’re into something!), so if you’re all saved out just go read these jokes instead and come back tomorrow… Where we’ll be talking about beer, bling, and becoming a billionaire! Haha, just kidding… I don’t know what we’ll be talking about tomorrow yet, but that actually sounds like fun ;)

Anyways – back to more saving…

I thought it would be fun to change it up a bit and show you how I save through pictures. It’s one thing to talk about things, and a whole other to show what that looks like in practice. So here’s what saving money looks like in different areas of my life:

How I Save… with my car

frankcaddy

Meet Frankencaddy. He’s 20 years old, has zero car payments, costs $20/mo to insure, and most importantly – he WORKS. Yes he has some “character” from over the years, but has more than made up for it with those insurance checks he’s promptly brought home to poppa. Not only do we save a ton of money not having car payments each month, but he’s technically an income producer as well ;)

How I save… on my clothes

favorite ripped jeans

Meet my favorite jeans in the entire world: three-time patched Mr. Armani Exchange! Which I picked up on sale for $30 down from $100+ ten years ago and still pays dividends to this day… Sure I happen to love the “bum” style, as my mother so eloquently puts it (jeans and hoodies are so comfortable, why all the hate?), but if something makes you happy – screw it. My body, my jeans! (Someone totally needs to use that as their slogan)

How I save… on non-bum clothes

discounted name brand clothes

Lest you agree with my mother, I also happen to wear perfectly stiched clothes such as the below too. All brand new (and sometimes “gently used”) shirts/jeans/shoes/and even underwear (always brand new! ALWAYS!!!!) selling at retailers like TJ Maxx and Plato’s Closet for 75%+ off. Above is what my last batch of clothes I bought looked like over the Summer (I “splurge” one or two main times a year and then good for another long block of time).

How I Save… all my spare change

change jars

This is how I spend my time on a Saturday night – counting up all my coins and organizing them into cute little baby jars ;) I’m a coin collector at heart, so of course this might turn off 99.9999% of you, but I highly encourage throwing all your spare change in one spot/box/jar, and every few months cashing them in and having some fun with your new found “free” money. If you suck with your money right now, then this “fun” means being applied to your #1 financial goals right now (debt? savings? investments?). But if you’re a rock star and have been diligently managing your money, then this “fun” turns to “treating yourself to something nice” to give yourself a mental break.

How I save… on my lunches

illustrated frugal lunch pbjs

I eat lots of pb&j for lunch. I have no idea if that’s healthy or not, but I grew up eating it and turned out just fine (though “fine” is relative ;)). My old friend Clever Dude used to take 25 mins in one sitting to pump out an entire month’s worth of pb&js for himself when he was slapped at work. Those pics above are from his system, which I found to be all kinds of brilliant. I eat a lot of normal adult adult food too, but regardless it’s all money in the bank when you break the habit of eating out every day. Now those are all treats when done and I appreciate them even more!

How I Save… by organizing paperwork!

filing system desk

I used to suck at organizing stuff. Then one day I started putting all my paperwork into one box and forgetting about it until I needed it again (usually at the end of the year come tax time). Then another day I decided to take a whole 3 seconds extra and put the paperwork in a filling system in that same box so that it would make my job 10x easier at the end of the next year. Then another time after that I accidentally knocked my filing system into my empty desk drawer and thought – WOW! That fits well! I’m going to keep it there from now on and shave off an extra 2 seconds walking over to my box and just start putting things 12 inches to my left every time. And from that point forward I’ve never missed a bill payment or misplaced an important document. It looks kinda ghetto, but again – who cares? At least with drawers you can close them up!

[In full disclosure that’s my neat business drawer there. The one on the right which holds my personal stuff is a bit more, ehm… disheveled. But, still all in one spot and appropriately sorted!]

How I save… while online shopping

free google search couponEvery time I go to check out online, no matter what it is I’m buying (clothes, computer stuff, work stuff, fun stuff, beer), I *always* search for a coupon at the last second. Sometimes it pays off, and other times it doesn’t but it’s a DAMN good habit to get into because I cannot tell you the amount of times it HAS saved us some major casholas. Specifically, when we were once picking up a new fridge for our old house/now rental and literally saved $100 in about 60 seconds. SIXTY SECONDS! For a benjamin! I should go out and make CouponsAreSexy.com, jeesh…

(Side note: I actually did make couponsaresexy.com one day and got hella board with it and shut it down shortly thereafter. Turns out getting money from coupons is a lot more gratifying than blogging about them. Who knew?)

Lastly, How I Save … on entertainment

throwing pennies in fountain

Instead of blowing money every night and weekend when I want to have a life, I do equally fun stuff such as going for walks, exploring,  hanging with my boys, hanging with my boys, going to the park, or even throwing perfectly good pennies into the fountain. Granted, that one does actually cost money, but it’s a nice return on the investment for quality time spent with family. And if you don’t have a kid, you can take your dog instead. (And if you don’t have a dog, you can just go by yourself and enjoy the peace and quiet! ;))

I could go on and on here, but I think you get the point… There are a brazillion* ways you can save money all around your life if you stop and pay attention long enough. No one expects you to eat pb&js every day or patch up your clothes 10,000 times, but you can certainly be more conscious with your money and tweak your own lifestyle accordingly. Everyone knows how to save money, but putting it into practice is a whole other ballgame. You gotta channel your inner Nike and just do it.

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PS: That’s not my wallet up there, but how bad ass is that??

* Coined by President Bushy

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Jay loves talking about money, experimenting, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his two beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!

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1 Petrish @ Debt Free Martini January 13, 2015 at 6:01 am

Last year I started taking my daughter out more to parks and walks instead of spending money on outings just so we can having something to do. We are now getting ready to start taking pictures together which is great. It has brought us even closer because we both love nature and spend just quality time with each other. These days with her are priceless.

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2 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm

YESS!!! I love that!!! And kids don’t care what you’re playing with as long as it’s with YOU :)

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3 Mrs. Frugalwoods January 13, 2015 at 6:41 am

Hah–Franken Caddy might actually look worse than Frugalwoods-mobile, who is 19 years-old, sporting a lot of rust, and recently had her muffler fall off (don’t worry, it has since been re-attached).

I think our biggest everyday money saver is eating/preparing all of our meals and drinks at home. Every time I say that, I think people are deflated because they’re hoping I’ll divulge some sort of magical frugal trick, but, food is expensive and if you can get your price per serving below $0.50 (which we do for breakfast and lunch), your life will suddenly have a lot more cash in it :).

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4 nic January 13, 2015 at 10:51 am

What are you making that’s healthy and under $.50 per serving?! My wife and I precook weekly breakfasts and lunches but spend a bit more than $.50 a serving…Must be preferences in what we eat (I don’t eat a meal without a protein, which is a major cost driver).

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5 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 12:48 pm

I’m gonna guess… oatmeal?

@Mrs. F’woods – Pic or it didn’t happen.

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6 Mrs. Frugalwoods January 13, 2015 at 7:25 pm

J. Money is right on the money with oatmeal (bulk, raw, not pre-packaged) for breakfast. And for lunch we often have a dish that Mr. FW cooks in advance of rice, beans, mushrooms, and chili paste, which clocks in at $0.39 per serving. Yummy and healthy! We eat primarily vegetarian, and often vegan, because we’ve found it’s usually cheaper than meat.

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7 nic January 22, 2015 at 11:00 am

Not surprised on the vegan/vegitarian and can agree it’s usually MUCH cheaper than meat…Just not for me :). Thanks for the insights!

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8 Ben Luthi January 13, 2015 at 7:39 am

Holy Moses that’s a lot of PBJs!

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9 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 12:49 pm

I don’t think Moses had peanut butter and jelly back then…

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10 Ben Luthi January 13, 2015 at 5:15 pm

Hey if the man could part the Red Sea, I bet he could get God to add a little PB & J to the manna :)

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11 J. Money January 31, 2015 at 8:25 pm

Haha…. okay, you win sir!

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12 Taylor Lee January 13, 2015 at 7:48 am

I save a decent amount of money by not having a car and just getting around using public transportation. Granted I get away with this because I live in a convenient urban area (which makes prices for other things more expensive) but at least I’m not dealing with traffic.

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13 Chris @ Flipping A Dollar January 13, 2015 at 8:03 am

Nice! Any idea if the TaxAct software takes information from turbo tax files? I wouldn’t want to make a switch right now if it couldn’t convert the info…

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14 Chris @ Flipping A Dollar January 13, 2015 at 10:05 am

I answered my own question.

** TaxACT can import tax data from PDF files prepared by the following software solutions: TurboTax®, H&R Block At Home®.

This is definitely making me want to try it out. Can’t hurt because turbo tax is becoming more and more expensive!

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15 Ben Luthi January 13, 2015 at 11:14 am

I typically only use the free version of both, but in my experience TaxAct has done a lot better job than TurboTax. If that helps you in your decision to make the jump at all :)

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16 EL January 13, 2015 at 8:06 am

Wow J great pictures and now I realize why you’re a budgeter and a rockstar. (File drawer and the Jeans) Anyways I save money by not paying interest to credit cards and to car loans. Also by sending it first to the various compounding accounts all over the US.

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17 Stefanie @ The Broke and Beautiful Life January 13, 2015 at 8:17 am

I have GOT to get my paperwork organized. Might steal your hanging file system cause this stack of crazy on my desk right now really isn’t working for me ;)

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18 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

Perfect candidate for the ghetto filing system :) I picked up the folder thingie at Staples for like $9 I wanna say?

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19 Stephen @ How To Save Money January 13, 2015 at 8:44 am

Now you’re speaking my language! It appears you are more frugal than I am though – nice work.

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20 nick rezendes January 13, 2015 at 9:14 am

wow. a bit extreme. your poor kids…

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21 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 12:54 pm

The online coupon codes? Yeah… I thought I was going too far with those.

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22 Kathy January 13, 2015 at 9:35 am

We put all of our loose change in our piggy bank (pink of course) and a couple of times a year we take the money out, and put it in our savings account. It usually adds up to a couple of hundred each time. I also take all the $1 dollar bills out of my wallet at the end of the week and save them til I get $100 that also goes to the savings account. While not earth shattering, those additions always feel great to have because it involved zero sacrifice to attain.

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23 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm

DAMN STRAIGHT!!! Perfect idea right there. Forces you to save and hardly noticeable. Smart woman :)

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24 John @ Frugal Rules January 13, 2015 at 9:53 am

Wow, and I thought we did a lot of PB & J’s in our house. ;) I save money by making my own beer…well, this works in theory until I get impatient waiting around for it to be done and go by some, lol!

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25 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm

yeah, i’ve had people tell me they save a lot of $$ on home made beer but I never actually think that’s true by the end of it all, haha… though happy to try it out if you come down here and get me set up ;)

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26 Barry @ Moneywehave January 13, 2015 at 10:13 am

Those jeans just burned holes into my eyes. Time to put it down.

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27 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 1:01 pm

Pipe down over there..

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28 Fig @ Figuring Money Out January 13, 2015 at 11:04 am

Love the pictures! I really need to work on organizing stuff. I’m usually super organized at work but my home finances and stuff definitely need some organizational work.

I eat a lot of pb&j and food at home too. PB&J with chili is actually my current favorite meal and it’s a cheap one!

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29 Kim January 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

I just saved almost $1000 by combining our rental and primary home insurance. Since our house is on 3 acres, we qualify for farm rates, even though the only livestock we have is one mutt of a dog. I had no idea you could even do that! I think they key is to keep looking even after you think you’ve maxed out how much you can save. Your challenge everything posts are a great reminder for me to do this every month.

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30 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 1:03 pm

WOW! I’ve never heard of that either – that’s cool! Way to snag that!

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31 Winn January 14, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Which insurance company do you use?

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32 Sean January 13, 2015 at 11:07 am

My wife loves to shop online and grab coupons from retailmenot.com great site if you have not come across it before.

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33 Jen @ Jen Spends Less January 13, 2015 at 11:24 am

I’ve been working on a very similar post! Just so you know I’m not copying :-p I realized I have all these scattered blog posts about the various ways we save, but nothing that sums it all up and is current.

By the way, last month our neighbor backed into my husband’s new(ish) car. First thought that crossed my mind: “FRANKENCADDY!!!” Unfortunately, we do have a loan still (booo!), so we figured we’d best get it repaired. Plus, I don’t think our neighbor would be too thrilled to know his insurance paid out and we were still driving around a bashed car. Man I wish we could have banked the over $2,000 check we got from insurance! I’m grateful the whole ordeal didn’t cost us a penny, though, and now the car has a brand new door.

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34 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 1:05 pm

haha yeah, smashes do tend to hinder future sales of cars for sure ;) I’m glad y’all are safe and didn’t cost you anything though!

and of course! you just do your thing over there and blog your heart away. none of this stuff is ever 100% original so we’ll always be overlapping :)

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35 Alexis Smith January 13, 2015 at 11:32 am

Awesome is a word that would fit well on this article. I’ve been into being an old school kind of get-up when it comes to clothes, as long as it doesn’t have holes or still street fashion condition I still wear ’em and if not I usually use ’em as house clothes. I also ask some of my friends ( take note: I’m not a “user-friendly” kind of person ) to treat me out if they are asking me out. Anyways, love the blog keep it up so I would get to have more creative ideas in saving up.

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36 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 1:05 pm

Great! Glad you’re enjoying it so far Alexis – thanks for the kind words :)

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37 Even Steven January 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm

On the wallet, a friend from college has had the same Green Bay Packers velcro wallet for years, his now wife even got him a nice new leather wallet, which went back to the store shortly after.

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38 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm

You had me up until “Green Bay Packers” ;)

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39 Steve Kobrin January 13, 2015 at 12:19 pm

Pictures say a thousand words. Nice presentation. Helps us stay motivated to have the very healthy obsession of saving money!

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40 Shannon January 13, 2015 at 12:20 pm

OMG, is that a DIY tail light? LOL

Do you freeze your PJB? I’m imagining a lot of mush! I made a double batch of vegan potato curry (it’s on allrecipes.com, super easy) once for our lunches and my husband wasn’t able to hack it for 5 lunches in a row, but I could. I grew up eating my PBJ with “no lid.”. I like ’em open faced, better PB to bread ratio for me!

I just realized I have a 17 year old car! ‘Plain as low fat vanilla’ gold Saturn. 1998 didn’t seem that far back until I did the math. For a while I really wanted a more reliable car (I only hated it 3x out of the year ie. when I wanted to ski, cannot find a friend to drive, and the Subaru was gone), but now I’m perfectly fine keeping this cheap-o-mobile until it dies or the repairs are more than the worth of the car. She’s got some quirks too. The cost has been <$670/year for the last few years (everything: gas, registration, insurance, one oil change, emissions/inspection). Surprisingly no repairs needed in the past 6 years. Oh I did buy rims for the snow tires a couple years ago, which means the tire shop swaps the out for snow/summer tires for free which used to be $50 x2 a year.

Long live the cheap-o-mobiles!

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41 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Yes – that is a DIY tail light so I’m street legal ;) Though, my mechanic did all the DIY’ing, haha..

Nope – I don’t freeze my pb&js as I’m not as bad ass as my friend up there who pounds them out like that so I eat mine freshly made.

Cheap-o-mobiles – Love it! And while everyone stares and makes fun of us, we’ll be smiling while all that cash compounds in the bank :)

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42 Noonan January 13, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Love your PB&J assembly line—you’re the Henry Ford of sandwiches!

And congrats as well on your Forbes website appearance—it’s a great profile (the article itself as well as the photo of you).

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43 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 1:16 pm

Haha, thanks man. It’s what all us bloggers dream for, right? :) I’ve noticed you’ve been getting some good traffic going too… every day I see people clicking over to Rockstar Finance trough you!

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44 Mrs. Bug January 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm

I too always search online for a coupon code before checkout. I don’t always find one but when I do it feels like I won the lottery! PB&Js are the way to go, good and cheap lunch. Love the jeans.

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45 Philip January 13, 2015 at 1:14 pm

“Sure I happen to love the “bum” style”

When I read that I thought you were talking about how you like the way your “bum” looks in the jeans… then it got awkward that your mom called it that. But this is budgets are SEXY afterall.

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46 J. Money January 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm

Well, my wife has said it does do my posterior justice, so you are correct in that regard ;)

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47 Kim @ Money Under the Cushions January 13, 2015 at 1:38 pm

My paperwork has not made its way into a box yet. It’s precariously perched on my desk. Just read your Forbes interview (found out about it from a comment above). I really enjoyed it!

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48 Dividend Mantra January 13, 2015 at 2:02 pm

J$,

Love the pic of PB&J sandwiches. I need to write a post as an ode to the boyhood sandwich at some point here. I’ve eaten A LOT of PB&J in my day (and still do). :)

I actually professed my love for PB&J when I was featured on Today, and people criticized that dietary choice. I imagine they were commenting from their perched stool at their cubicle where they’re imprisoned until they’re in their 60s. Just sayin’.

Best regards!

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49 J. Money January 22, 2015 at 12:17 am

Hah! Just sayin’ indeed :)

And pretty cool you were on Today! I didn’t know that.

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50 Jon @ Penny Thots January 13, 2015 at 5:14 pm

I love me some PB&J sandwiches too. I might actually have to make a surplus of them now. Over the years of eating them for lunch in middle/high school and at work, I’ve grown fond of them cold versus room temperature. When I make one one the weekend, I have to put it in the fridge for a little bit.

I also sort out all of my coins too. I have a jar for each – dimes, quarters, nickels, and pennies. However I don’t do it because I’m a coin nerd, I do it because I’m an organized nerd. But more importantly, the money does add up. Each year I cash them in and invest the couple hundred bucks they are worth.

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51 J. Money January 22, 2015 at 12:18 am

Huh, I’m gonna have to try pb&js cold like that – sounds yummy!

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52 Josh Collar January 13, 2015 at 10:33 pm

You’re pretty hardcore J$ and that’s awesome.

I have a simple principle which is to buy solidly built items/clothes/gadgets & run them to the ground. Focus on the ‘big wins’, switch to prepaid phone lines and use the best mode of transportation in the world (your feet/public transport). The rest are ‘smaller wins’ and they’re optional.

Then I spend the rest of my time focusing on increasing income :)

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53 J. Money January 22, 2015 at 12:19 am

Increasing income can def. be good, yes :)

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54 Martha @ Marty Thoughts on Life and Money January 14, 2015 at 3:55 am

I just started saving my change about 3 months ago its surprising how much change I used to throw away and not even save. I used to think that change wasnt money boy was I wrong. I think doing alternative things with your family helps bring a family closer together because you have to be more creative and go outside a little more which is good for kids. Its okay that its not your wallet I wouldnt show people my wallet either.You can’t trust us we could be crazy! Lol just kidding…

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55 Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank January 14, 2015 at 4:34 am

Very impressive especially with you being a collector! I tried to be once but I failed to organize it years back. The start ran smoothly, but after sometime I got discouraged because I saw low improvement. Probably, I gotta try again this year.

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56 Phroogal Jason January 14, 2015 at 9:34 am

Love the pics. I save by not owning a car and have been able to squeeze in exercise by walking. It also cut down on spending because I’ve been limited to walking with 2 miles of where I live. Keeps me from wanting to buy anything I’d have to lug back. I just changed my coins for dollars and was pretty happy with the amount saved. Yup, I’m one of those that sees a penny on the floor and I pick it up. No shame whatsoever.

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57 J. Money January 22, 2015 at 12:20 am

Man, I’d love to try not owning a car at some point, just so hard with kids :( I know families do it, but dang… I’m not that hardcore yet.

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58 Joe Fontenot January 14, 2015 at 11:37 am

That’s really cool. I’ve found the money-saving lifestyle is like a hemorrhage. I need to keep pressure on it to keep it under control. As long as I’m consistent, the pressure is manageable. However, if I let it go, it gets out of hand fast. It’s easier to just keep that steady pressure. Or go to a doctor, but I guess that breaks the analogy.

Good post.

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59 J. Money January 22, 2015 at 12:21 am

hahhaha… great analogy!

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60 Emma Healey | Money Can Buy Me Happiness January 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm

Yes – jeans, hoodies and sneakers ’til I die – you are my brother from another mother. I still dress like the 90s rave kid I was and as long as I’m paying myself I will continue to do so. Franken Caddy is pretty awesome, I drive an ugly-ass 1992 Daihatsu Applause. It’s easily the ugliest car ever exported from Japan and the electric windows in the front don’t work so we avoid driving in the heat of the day in summer. Third party only insurance costs $150 per year. Needless to say I ride my bike and walk a lot.

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61 J. Money January 22, 2015 at 12:21 am

Haha, rock on.

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62 Shannon @ Financially Blonde January 14, 2015 at 3:55 pm

My biggest money savers from last year that I still do are making my own lunch and drinking coffee at home. I used to be a daily Starbucks gal which cost me $104 a month or $1,248 a year. I still get the occasional Starbucks, but now my budget is more like $10 a month. I ate PBJ everyday of my life from 3rd grade to 12th grade so it’s not something I eat all the time as an adult, but I will eat tuna and one can cost less than $1.00 and can make 3-4 lunches for me. I just have to remember the breath mints or my hubby might not be a happy camper. :-)

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63 J. Money January 22, 2015 at 12:22 am

YES!! That’s why I can’t touch tuna – the smell literally makes me heave :( which is a shame cuz I hear it’s tasty?

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64 Michele Daggar January 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm

I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am for your blog. I have no idea how I found it (a few weeks ago) but I’ve spent many nights reading your archives.

I’ve always wanted to get better control of our money, but always thought it would be hard (and I didn’t want to face my debt). Now I have set up a budget on mint.com, made goals with my husband, and used a lot of your suggestions to save money.

I had no idea that this would become a hobby I enjoy immensely! I’m finding lots of ways to save. I just saved $120 off our car insurance because we dropped collision on hubby’s 15 year old car! We also dropped emergency towing (we have AAA) and saved another $15. I even started looking for coins wherever I go and started a jar to keep found change.

We’re a lot older than you and Mrs. Money (we’re mid 40’s with 2 teens!) but your advice works for any age group. You’ve made me realize it’s never too late and I thank you!

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65 J. Money January 22, 2015 at 12:23 am

Well damn – that’s cool!! Way to go w/ the new hobby ( a great one, I must say ;)) and thanks so much for taking the time to tell me! Makes me happy knowing you’re reading these articles and they’re helping – rock on!

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66 Old School January 14, 2015 at 5:45 pm

Man I love when you write about Frankencaddy…reminds me of my first vehicle that I picked up for $50 from a cousin, a blue Buick. Sure it died after that summer, but it got me through my first summer of having an “official J.O.B.”

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67 J. Money January 22, 2015 at 12:25 am

Your turn! Pic of the blue Buick, please! :)

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68 Alexandra @ Real Simple Finances January 15, 2015 at 9:55 am

I love this post! Your jeans look amazingly comfortable. :) I definitely could not handle that much PB&J, but pre-making lunches is something I really want to start doing! It’s such a time saver.

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69 Laura January 15, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Pictures say more than words! Inspiring!

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70 Emily @ Simple Cheap Mom January 15, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Pictures can say so much more than words some times. It’s one thing to say you drive an older car, but a whole other story to show it with all of its character. Those jeans, frugal fashion’s finest?

Love the PB&J photo too, but I like mine fresh, never refrigerated.

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71 J. Money January 22, 2015 at 12:24 am

Haha…. yeah, pictures are easier to comprehend indeed :)

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72 My Own Advisor January 17, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Loved Frankencaddy :)

Great stuff.
Mark

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73 J. Money January 31, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Thanks! He’s even better to drive :)

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74 Mahmudul Islam February 24, 2015 at 5:56 am

Hi, I found your blog very inspiring and have embarked on a journey to retire early by saving like crazy and investing it in income-producing assets. I primarily do it by practicing extremely frugal habits, spending way less than I make every month, sharing a flat with my colleagues, and staying away from impulse buying.

I can say it with conviction that a frugal lifestyle and a stringent control over monthly expenses can save people tonnes of money, which they can then take out from their account and invest in real assets to secure dividends, interests, royalty payments or anything you can name.

This is a very plain and simple truth but not many people practice it, and I just wonder WHY.

Loved your blog very much. You are a real altruist!

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75 J. Money March 1, 2015 at 9:21 pm

I’m glad Mahmudul! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your journey with us :) I don’t know how old you are, but I can tell you I wish I paid attention to this stuff a lot earlier than when I was 25. At least it finally sunk in!

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