6 Hot Money Events (and Challenges!) Coming Up

by J. Money on Friday, March 25, 2016

the more you slack the less you stack

Yo yo yo! Been coming across a ton of cool freakin’ events & courses going on in our money world, and thought you’d want to hear about them. (And hopefully participate!)

They span all kinds of areas from killing debt, amassing savings, leveling up your biz/hustle, a financial road trip!, and my own personal favorite – a new $$$ book club on the scene :)

They’re all listed below (in order of start date), and they’re all awesome.

Whip out those spectacles and calendars, friends… it’s go time!

#1. Savvy Solopreneur Series (Monday, March 28th)

savvy solopreneur event

This is the only one I’m personally a part of, but I think it’s super helpful to anyone looking to start up a hustle or amp the one they’re already rocking. And will be especially good for those trying to really just *figure it all out* and find that project they can get super excited about and harness their passions!

It’s put together by entrepreneur coach Karen Kalis, and hits your inbox as a series of emails embedded with helpful tips and interviews by over 20 “thought leaders” across different fields. My personal interview is featured on March 30th where I talk about the importance of the “why” and other entrepreneurial/motivational aspects. Check it out! :)

It’s completely FREE, and you can register for it here: Savvy Solopreneur: How to Discover Your Purpose, Find Your Passion and Define Your Niche So You Can Create a Business and Life You Love.

#2. #BanishTheBalance Finance Challenge (Monday, April 4th)

banish the balance challenge

This is an epic challenge by Tonya from MyFabFinance.com, and is an 8-week initiative designed to teach you how to pay down debt, end the habitual cycle of debt, and finally become debt-free (woo!).

Here’s how it’ll go down each week:

  1. Get clear. Get honest. Calculate your debt.
  2. Explore debt repayment strategies and determine your options
  3. Re-claiming self. How to remain confident and grounded during financial hardships
  4. Debunking debt myths
  5. Finding and earning more money to pay off existing debt
  6. Understanding good debt vs. bad debt
  7. How to overcome spending triggers
  8. What to do when the debt is paid

This challenge is 100% free and you can sign up here: myfabfinance.com/banishthebalance-challenge

#3. The #PFbookchat Book Club! (All Summer)

pf book chat club

This beautiful gem comes from the mind of Amanda of DreamBeyondDebt.com, and is in the early stages of getting the members together and picking the books to kick it off. The plan is to read one financial book each month over the Summer (May, June, July, August), and then at the end of each month hop on Twitter to discuss them all (using the hashtag #pfbookchat of course).

If you’d like to join and be a part of it all, follow their new Pinterest board @ pinterest.com/dreambeyonddebt/summer-2016-reading, and then submit any good $$ books you think the club should start with. Once the details are finalized Amanda will reach out to everyone and get the party started! There’s already 130 followers to the page, so it could get rowdy ;)

More info can also be found on her blog: dreambeyonddebt.com/pfbookchat-book-club

#4. The Road to Financial Wellness 2016 (June 7th – Sep 21st)

road to financial freedom

My man Jason from Phroogal is at it again! Last year he completed a “30 events in 30 days” epic road trip, and this summer he doubles up on a mission to hit all 50 states in the Union. All a part of his goal to break the social taboo about money and turn local discussions into a national conversation on financial well being.

Each of these “pit stops” promises the following:

  • 150-200 attendees
  • Books signing with author, Jason Vitug and others.
  • Food, drinks and giveaways.
  • Engaging conversations, networking and memories.

To participate and find out when they hit up YOUR state, click here: roadtofinancialwellness.com

#5. #FinCon16 (Sep 21st-24th)


Our yearly blogging conference hosted by none other than Phil Taylor of PTMoney.com :)

If you’ve ever wanted to start a $$ blog, or help grow your already launched blog (or even just hang out with $$$ bloggers!) this is the place to be. I’ve been to every single one so far going on 6 years, and it’s hands down my favorite event of the year.

Their website says it all:

On September 21-24, 2016 an energetic community of money media nerds will descend on San Diego, CA for a weekend of connecting and learning. Will you be there?  Attendees connect with others in the community, learn to create, promote, and profit from compelling online content, and discover new trends in personal finance and investing.

Some of the speakers this year are Clark Howard, Pat Flynn, Chris Ducker, Kathy Kristoff, Michael Kitces, Jennifer Barrett and a good 40-50 of some of your favorite personal finance bloggers around.

You can read all about it here (not free, but def. worth the money): FinConExpo.com

#6. Live Richer Challenge (Ongoing)

live richer challenge

Lastly, Tiffany “The Budgetnista” continues rocking her “Live Richer Challenge” – a free online financial challenge created to help women collectively achieve their savings goals in 22 days. Since launching it, over 80,000 women worldwide have joined and they’re on their way to saving more than $10 Million this year alone. Incredible!

Tiff has been BLOWING UP in our community, and rightfully so. Huge heart, crazy smart, and just genuinely wants to help as many people as she can get their money on lock and live a better – “richer” – life. Highly recommend checking her out if you haven’t already.

You can read her blog @ thebudgetnista.com/blog, and learn more about the Live Richer Challenge over at livericherchallenge.net.

And there you go! All kinds of ways to keep you busy and financially healthy this spring & summer :)

What do you think – any you wanna jump in and join? Any I miss that you’re already participating in?

As always, gotta keep on trying out new things and experimenting until this stuff *clicks*… We never have any shortage of ideas over here, that’s for sure, haha…

Be good out there, y’all… or not!

{ 39 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brian @DebtDiscipline March 25, 2016 at 6:17 am

“The More you Slack the Less you Stack” Great slogan. Needs to be on a T-Shirt! Summertime can suck the intensity out of your goals. Vacations, happy hours, BBQs, etc. Great list of events to keep you motivated and focused!


2 J. Money March 25, 2016 at 7:22 am

It does! I’d rock that tee every single Friday!! :)


3 Roy Largo @ Band of Savers March 25, 2016 at 7:35 am

Thanks for the info. It’s helpful to see these all listed out in one place and not have to search around for them ourselves. Thanks for doing that work for us. Will pass it on.


4 Mortgage Free Mike March 25, 2016 at 7:39 am

Clark + San Diego = I’m In. :-)


5 J. Money March 25, 2016 at 9:15 pm

Nice! That means we get to finally meet up in person too then!


6 Tiffany @ Divvy Investments March 25, 2016 at 7:47 am

Woot woot! Thanks for the shoutout for The Road To Financial Wellness! Jason is hitting up Raleigh on June 21st and I’m excited to be part of the event. Great idea and inspirational money mission– that’s what it’s all about!

I don’t think I’m going to make it to FinCon this year, sadly… too many conferences, not enough time. However my business partner will likely be there (Nick Bradfield). I’ll tell him to make sure to say hey to the dude with the awesome mohawk ;)

Hope you’re well!


7 J. Money March 25, 2016 at 9:16 pm

Please do! :)


8 Greg Rutkowski March 25, 2016 at 7:53 am

Wow! That is one heck of a road trip.


9 Latoya @ Femme Frugality March 25, 2016 at 7:54 am

I’m loving Tonya’s idea for the banish the balance challenge. Fortunately, I have banished my card balances! Amanda invited me to join the book party this summer and I’m super excited!


10 Lady FruFru March 25, 2016 at 8:10 am

Thanks for the list. I SOOOO want to go to FinCon. Hope my schedule can allow it.


11 J. Money March 25, 2016 at 9:16 pm

Make sure to find me if you do :)


12 Larry Green March 25, 2016 at 8:42 am

Awesome list! Thanks for sharing! Planning on telling some of my friends and family to take on the #BanishTheBalance Finance Challenge (I would join too, but already paid off our balances) and I’m planning on joining the #PFbookchat Book Club myself.


13 Rose March 25, 2016 at 9:14 am

I’m bummed – the road to financial wellness does not include Tampa Bay area? We’re all rich and retired around here?:) JK
I’ll check into #1 – Solo Entrepreneur and definitely # 3 – Book Club – need to saturate and educate myself a bit more in all things money, besides I’m a big pinterest fan (visual person). Will look up Tiffany’s blog too.

Thank you for the reminder, “the more you slack, the less you stack” – unless, of course you can set it all on automatic. Then again, if your focus wanders too much, your budget starts leaking funds.
Summer book party-I like the sound of that!


14 J. Money March 25, 2016 at 9:22 pm

It’s party time!


15 BeachMama March 25, 2016 at 9:21 am

This is perfect! It’s just what I need to keep me busy while I work my own personal challenge – giving up sugar!


16 J. Money March 25, 2016 at 9:23 pm

Hah! Good one to give up – I’ve only been able to do it in my coffee so far :)


17 Stefan March 25, 2016 at 10:19 am

This is a sweet road trip! As a new blogger I wish I had the chance to go to FinCon16 as it sounds like a heck of a time but hopefully I will be in attendance for The Road to Financial Wellness!


18 J. Money March 25, 2016 at 9:24 pm

Def. try and make it out to one of them – you will not regret it, I promise you.


19 Stefan March 26, 2016 at 4:58 pm

Do you know if he plans on being in Philadelphia?


20 J. Money March 28, 2016 at 11:30 am
21 Michelle March 25, 2016 at 12:41 pm

What a great list! I’m super excited for FinCon this year. It will be a blast, like usual :)


22 Aliyyah @RichAndHappyBlog March 25, 2016 at 1:27 pm

I would love to go to FinCon this year! I am stashing away the money I make from my freelance gigs and blog for the ticket, flight, and hotel. We’ll see how this turns out.


23 J. Money March 25, 2016 at 9:25 pm

Cool! They sometimes giveaway scholarships too, so be on the look out for them… might help get you locked in faster :)


24 Mr Zombie March 25, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Dam…when’s FinCon coming to the UK?

Mr Z


25 Philip Taylor March 25, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Hey Mr Z…we’re actually looking into this for Spring 2017.


26 J. Money March 25, 2016 at 9:26 pm

Oooooooh this would be amazing if you tried it out!


27 Heather @ Simply Save March 25, 2016 at 6:41 pm

Ohhh these sound great! Just signed up for a few. Also going to FinCon for the first time this year and can’t wait!!!


28 J. Money March 25, 2016 at 9:26 pm

Beautiful! Make sure we meet up!


29 Linda March 25, 2016 at 6:49 pm

I’ll have to check out PFbookchat Book Club. I need to start reading more, and this just might be the trick! Perfect timing!


30 Prudence Debtfree March 26, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Looking forward to seeing which books are chosen for option #3 : )


31 NDQ March 26, 2016 at 5:03 pm

Thank you for a great list!



32 Eric March 26, 2016 at 5:37 pm

I’m definitely planning on going to FinCon16. Really excited to network with other like-minded people.


33 J. Money March 28, 2016 at 11:45 am

Make sure to say hi to me if we cross paths!


34 Kelly March 26, 2016 at 9:17 pm

Lots of money events! What do you highly recommend among those six?


35 J. Money March 28, 2016 at 11:47 am

Whichever one excites you :) They’re all great depending on what path/goals you’re currently working on!


36 Mr Ikonz @ ProjectIkonz March 28, 2016 at 6:41 am

If only there were more of these types of events available in Australia!!


37 J. Money March 28, 2016 at 11:46 am

Well there’s an easy fix for that – start one! :)


38 Bobby March 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm

Looking forward to FinCon. I should be able to attend since I live less than 5 miles from the hotel :) I don’t have much to offer as far as expertise, but more than willing to act as a sponge and absorb all the great content .Plus, all you guys seem way cool to hang out with !

A round or two of Arrogant Bastard Ale’s on me :)


39 J. Money March 30, 2016 at 6:21 am

Yes please!!!


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