J. Money

Favorite reads this month ⭐

May 31, 2019
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Morning! Ready for a whole new month to start tomorrow??! Remember when it was literally just April or March? Or New Years? Or partying like it was 1999??? ;) Pretty crazy how time flies, but at least we’re still all around and LIVING it! (And if you’re not still around but somehow still managing to read this, check out the piece below on Lake Lanier […]

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Q&A on investing, blogging, babies, Louboutins, podcasts, and other random questions asked recently :)

May 30, 2019
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What up, what up! Here’s a bunch of questions I’ve answered over recent months in case anyone’s been dying to ask them as well ;) Always happy to offer up some free advice, but remember you get what you pay for! Haha… You can reach out to me anytime here and will always do my best to hit you back… Or for quicker responses, find […]

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Interesting Financial Rules to Follow (?)

May 29, 2019
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Came across this article from Kiplinger this morning, and can’t say I’ve heard of half these rules of thumb before, haha… Maybe that’s why they’re so breakable?! :) “Financial Rules of Thumb to Consider Breaking“ They’re bolded below, along with my own two (free) cents, and an attempt at comparing them to our own finances to see if we’re on track or not :) Anyone […]

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We’re homeowners again!!! But I’m still struggling with it all…

May 28, 2019
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So big news to share today! WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!! AND ARE NOW HOMEOWNERS AGAIN! It was a pretty surreal event as I’d imagine most times are when you drop hundreds of thousands of dollars on something, haha… But amidst all the congratulations being passed around on the day of our closing (something I remember enjoying MUCH more on the opposite side of the table!), […]

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The King’s Highway

May 27, 2019
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Once upon a time, a king had a great highway built for the people who lived in his kingdom. After it was completed, but before it was opened to the public, the king decided to have a contest. He invited as many of his subjects as desired to participate. The challenge was to see who could travel the highway the best, and the winner was […]

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Do you know your Survival Number?

May 24, 2019
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Stumbled across this clip from an old guest post here, and thought it needed to be re-shared and contemplated again ;) Have you ever ran your “survival number” before?? From: 4 Tricks to Save More, Spend Less, and Pay Off Debt Your Survival Number Try this: calculate how much money you need for a decent survival each day. Count all important expenses, but aim to […]

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A few books to give away today… :)

May 23, 2019
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Been starting to clean off my shelves for our upcoming move (more on that in a bit), and came across a few books I thought you might enjoy ;) Two of them may seem pretty random, but they actually do tie into money! Here are the books, followed by how to enter if you’re interested in any… #1. “Work Optional” by Tanja Hester of OurNextLife.com […]

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9 Interesting New Financial Apps & Services ✨

May 22, 2019
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What up what up! Been compiling a list of some of the more interesting financial apps and services I’ve been pitched on lately, and out of the 872 of them this year here were the ones I thought looked most promising ;) Let me know if you end up trying any of them out! ****** Bring Your Own Budget (byobudget.com) — “I made a webapp, […]

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Got an idea? Give it a name.

May 21, 2019
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That was the subject line of a marketing promo I just got from Go Daddy, and after reading the main point it reminded me how POWERFUL this can be for your *financial goals* too! For many entrepreneurs, a great name sparks the transition between the dream and the reality. Naming a business makes it real. Yup! Once you call it something it becomes “a thing”, […]

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“Student loans are DEAD!”

May 20, 2019
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Got this note this morning and had to share it ;) Not every day you accomplish something so big like this! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHA WE’RE DONE WITH OUR STUDENT LOANS!!!!!!! My husband and I finished grad school with something like a combined $330k… and today, I hit the button to pay off the last of them. I could not be more excited!!! Also, to be truly honest, […]

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Resource of The Month: Debt Free Coloring Charts!

May 17, 2019
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Just saw these featured in a FinCon newsletter and they are brilliant!! Debt free charts! To color in and keep you motivated! **FOR FREE!!** You can click here to grab them if you’re too excited to read any further (haha…) — DebtFreeCharts.com — or just keep scrolling to get a good peek at them before kissing away your debt ;) There are over 80 sheets […]

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Challenging the Vanguard Faith (or how Fidelity’s ZERO expense funds are increasingly tempting!)

May 16, 2019
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Last September I got the following note from a reader of the blog: Hi J$, Not sure if you caught some interesting news, but Vanguard’s rival Fidelity has introduced two ZERO expense ratio funds – one domestic and one international. Interesting maneuver to try and compete with Vanguard and ride the indexing wave: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-09-04/fidelity-zero-fee-funds-attract-almost-1-billion-in-first-month Thoughts? I’m a die-hard Vanguard guy, but at 28 years old, […]

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“How I Grew My Net Worth to $300,000 in My 20s” – The Financial History of The Money Wizard

May 15, 2019
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Morning guys! Got another financial history report to share today! This time from fellow reader-turned-blogger, The Money Wizard, who tells us how he’s amassed $300,000+ before he’s even turned 30. Or put another way, about 4.4x my own net worth of $68,061.80 at his age! Haha… So he def. knows what he’s talking about over there :) Hope it inspires you in some small way […]

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PS: Your life doesn’t magically change when you retire!

May 14, 2019
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Good morning! So USAA hit me up the other day asking if I’d like to partner with them on their #LifeUninterrupted campaign, and after reading the inspiration behind it I was sold on the spot: “For most people, retirement isn’t about luxury cruises and trips around the world. It’s about making sure their life can go on as normal once they retire. It’s continuing to […]

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