Challenge Everything

Challenge Everything Complete! $5,484.07 Banked!

September 21, 2015
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We did it!! 12 straight months of challenging our bills and stuff, and here we are now with a nice pile of change :) And $5,484.07 at that! Only $15.93 short of maxing out our Roth IRA – woo! Here’s one last shot of our USAA account for proof: What a ride it’s been too… From battling with cable companies, prying ourselves from our (once) […]

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Challenge Savings (& Podcast) Update: $4,990.84

August 28, 2015
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I swear we’ve just did one of these like last month? And the month before that, and before that, that, that, that, that ,that ,that , and that? Damn time flies. And don’t worry, if these are getting played out there’s only one month left in the mission ;) But if you’re new here, THERE’S ONLY ONE MONTH LEFT IN THE MISSION – OMG!! Hurry […]

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Challenge Savings Update: $4,738.13

July 29, 2015
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Month #10 locked and loaded! Just two more months to go and our 12 month mission of savings will be complete :) Going by pretty fast too, eh? Gotta put those plans into effect TODAY if you want to see big results later! It all adds up over time! Here’s where our savings account is now after 10 months: Pretty wild… Almost $5,000 banked from […]

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Challenge Savings Month #9: $4,485.22

June 17, 2015

What up, y’all! The Challenge Everything Mission continues! Banking $387.83 more to the pile this month and making our total balance now $4,485.22 after just 9 months… A few months more and we’ll reach our goal of hitting the amount needed to max out an IRA – woo! For barely that much effort too… And another side effect? Less STUFF in our house, and our […]

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What I’m Doing With All My “Challenge” Savings

April 15, 2015

If you can believe it, we’re now into month #8 of our 12 month experiment already! And so far we’ve saved a sexy $3,843.70 pretty much out of thin air. Here’s a snapshot of my account: Some of it took more work (hustling on Craigslist) while others didn’t at all (making a few phone calls), but the moral of the story is quite clear by […]

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Experiment Updates: Challenge $$$, Digit, Shopping Ban!

March 11, 2015

So it seems I have approximately a kajillion experiments/challenges/habits going on right now, so rather than spam you with a dozen new “update” posts this week, I thought we’d condense them all into one sexy one here so you continue to learn and love me :) (You do love me right?? No? Whyyyyyyyyy????) And keep in mind that’s really the reason for me sharing this […]

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Challenge Savings Month #5: $2,954.14 [+$900]

February 9, 2015

Well that’s been a fast 5 months! Just the other day it seems like I was bitching about my $170 cell phone (and cable!) bills, thinking I’d do exactly what I always do about it over the years – nothing ;) But for whatever reason J. Money 2.0 stepped up to the plate, and here we are with almost $3,000 in the bank that didn’t […]

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Challenge Savings Month #4: $2,029.81 [+$800]

January 12, 2015

Alright alright alriiiight! Welcome to another rousing Challenge update post where I share everything we’ve put into our new savings account here in hopes it motivates you to do the same :) It really is unbelievable how fast these dollars add up… And I’ll tell you this much – time just keeps on going too, whether we want it to or not! So if you’re […]

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The Cable Diaries – Final Chapter

January 9, 2015

So, five months ago I decided I was done paying $170.00 every month to our cable provider, and set out to lower it as much as I could without sacrificing quality of life. I didn’t know why we were okay with paying so much over time, but it just seemed “normal” so we never second guessed it (even as a personal finance blogger!). But then […]

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Challenge Savings Account Month #3: $1,209.16

December 5, 2014

Welcome to the third month of filling up our Challenge Everything Savings Account! We hit $1,000 – hot dogs! I can’t claim all the money came from my killer hustling skills (though we did hit 4/4 things sold this month on Craigslist!), but as my friend Financial Samurai once said, why be ashamed of receiving “un-earned” money? I’ll take it any way I can get […]

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“Pop-Pop J. Money – Lil Vee is Up $4,100!”

November 7, 2014

I got this amazing comment on the blog yesterday and just had to share it with ya… Not only is it chalk full of lessons and ideas, but it’s freakin’ hilarious and gives me a case of the jellies* every time I read it, haha… Side Hustle Nation represent! WhadUP, J Money! Lil Vee from Charlottesville, VA here. Love, LOVE this and your entire challenge […]

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Challenge Savings Account Update: $406.60

November 5, 2014

Already onto month #2 with these Challenge Savings! How fast is time going, eh? Yet another reason to start whatever it is  you really want to be doing TODAY as we’ll just be back here again in another 30 days before you know it… Remember that old Chinese proverb? The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is […]

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The “Challenge” Savings Account Total: Month #1

October 20, 2014

Yo. What’s good y’all? Get into anything juicy over the weekend? We hit up a fair yesterday where Baby Penny and I both slid down the tallest slide we’ve ever seen in our lives. And I won’t tell you which of us was the most frightened ;) But let’s get down to business, shall we… Last we checked on our expense shredding mission (aka Challenge […]

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Challenge #3 Complete: Saving $50/mo on Cable!

September 29, 2014

[This is part 3 of our 3-part series on how to save money with your cable, phone, and internet bills (while also FAILING at the same time). You can find part #1 here and part #2 here.] So I totally forgot to share the results with y’all last month on our cable bill stuff. Truth be told, I got all TV hacking tired out so […]

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