J. Money

Taking a Sabbatical for the rest of the month! Don’t miss me too much ;)

July 3, 2019
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Hey guys! So in an effort to be more “present” for our upcoming move and really soak everything in, I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the month of July (and the first week of August while we family vacay) to help slow down life more and enjoy the upcoming changes in our life :) I’ve caught myself trying to rush through everything here […]

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7 more ideas for your arsenal!

July 2, 2019
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Morning! Got a bunch more ideas for your wallet – and life – today, courtesy of some really good looking and smart people – you all :) Hope you find something worth trying out! ***** #1. Double checking all scratched off lottery tickets you find on the ground –> “I don’t spend much out of pocket, but I always check the ones scratched off and […]

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Net Worth Update: $919,538.34 [+$35,627.71 or 4.03%]

July 1, 2019
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Happy July!!! Ready for a new month and new goals??! Got your net worth all tracked up and ready to motivate the pants off you?? If you’re still invested in the market it should help after last month’s blood bath :) Down $40,000 for us, and now back up $35,000 just weeks later! Thank goodness we ignore the hype! Outside of that, nothing too exciting […]

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Favorite articles from around the web this month 📚

June 28, 2019
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Morning!! I’m knee-deep in packing over here for our upcoming move (a few more days now – eek!!), but couldn’t leave you hanging on this fine day, so here’s a list of my favorite reads from across the web this month :) There were some REALLY GOOD ONES out there! Should be more than enough to inspire you over the weekend :) XOXO ****** 145 […]

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“Help! I’ve fallen for a hyper-dedicated FIRE enthusiast.”

June 27, 2019
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Morning! Got an interesting note from a reader of the blog, and thought I’d pass it along here in case it helps anyone else in a similar position :) FIRE is awesome, but it is not *everything*!! At least my personal opinion on it! Here’s her sitch, followed by my response and then hopefully some feedback from y’all since I’m not too sure I addressed […]

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12 Major Decisions and How We Feel About Them Now

June 26, 2019
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Morning! Got a notification that it was my anniversary on a couple things this week (picking up my Lexus from Carmax (3 years), switching to Republic Wireless (5 years!)), and thought it might be helpful to see how we feel about it years later now :) Do I wish I could go back on any of them?! Did any of them completely change my life??! […]

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New Book & Giveaway: “Clever Girl Finance”

June 25, 2019
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Morning y’all! Got another book to share and give away today :) This one comes from Bola Sokunbi of CleverGirlFinance.com, and is aptly titled “Clever Girl Finance: Ditch debt, save money and build real wealth”. I got my hands on two copies to give away, but before we get to that let me real quick give a shout to LeeAnne who won last week’s book […]

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How much do you spend on lottery tickets every year?

June 24, 2019
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Just saw this stat from the folks at LendEDU and found it interesting: “Americans spend an average of $219.54 on the lottery per year” At first it didn’t seem like that much, but after comparing it to my own past of picking up maybe 1 ticket a week, it certainly trumps my $52/year. And is almost like picking up a ticket every day of the […]

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The best FIRE gift I could have given my father

June 21, 2019
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[Happy Friday! Please enjoy this guest article today from fellow reader, and blogger, BC from FrugalWheels.com. I only hope my own sons will give me such a beautiful gift like this come Father’s Day 2035! ;) Congrats on the epiphany, BC!] ******* My gift to my old man whenever a special occasion comes along is almost always a book. I read a lot, and he […]

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New Book & Giveaway: “Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk”

June 20, 2019
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Morning! Hope you really like books, because I got another one to share with you again today! ;) As well as next week too! (My friends are on fire over here! Haha…) Today’s focuses on something you don’t often hear too much about though, even though it’s a SUPER important conversation to have whether we want to have it or not :( The book’s called […]

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Two good book tips…

June 19, 2019
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Morning! So my plan was to write out a thoughtful article around frugality for you today, but after an off chance conversation with a stranger I’m gonna hit you with two quick book tips here instead ;) With the first one coming from my newfound friend! (Thanks Ed!) Turns out he’s an expat currently living in Taiwan teaching English, and as we got onto the […]

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My Original Millionaire “To-Do” List!

June 18, 2019
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Found this list skimming through some old journals last night and couldn’t help but smile :) First – because it’s just so dang nerdy!! But second – because it’s amazing what can happen when you actually put things down on paper and then GO FOR IT. We’re still a ways away from hitting that Double Comma Club, but it’s fun to see how many of […]

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Do you pay attention to how much you *pay* for an investment?

June 17, 2019
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I know this sounds like a dumb question, and I’m not sure if my thoughts on it are any less dumb, haha, but after seeing this tweet by financial blogger and author Jonathan Clements, I realized something about myself that I didn’t know previously… That thing I realized? That I don’t even *look* at how much an investment costs anymore, no less even *know* what […]

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“Do I like who I am while I’m doing this?”

June 14, 2019
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My friend David wrote this epic article on self-esteem 4 years ago, and though I only stumbled across it last month, I haven’t been able to get this line out of my head since: “Do I like who I am while I’m doing this?” It’s a question to gain better insight about your habits, and after asking *myself* this now quite often, I gotta say […]

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