J. Money

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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5 random things I’ve learned recently

June 13, 2019
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This is going to be a hodgepodge of thoughts, but couldn’t help share them with you today ;) 5 interesting things I’ve learned recently!! #1. You used to be able to buy human skulls on Ebay! Was checking out a friend’s jewelry designs the other day, when I commented on how much I loved the mammoth skull ring he had made and how cool it […]

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The “Setback” Fund

June 12, 2019
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Caught an interesting idea from a reader of the blog yesterday: Setting up a “setback” fund to help cover all the stupid mistakes you make! Found it buried in her list of 14 goals she’s currently shooting for, but it stood out to me the most since it’s such an easy way to automatically feel better about all future blunders, haha… which of course you […]

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All the interesting stuff people put in their safes ;) Plus: the winner of last week’s giveaway!

June 11, 2019
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Morning, guys!! What a giveaway last week! Sooooo much fun going through all y’all’s entries and getting a sneak peek into your lives!! Felt like such a voyeur, and loved every bit of it! Haha… We now have a winner of the safe and $100 in cash, but before we get to that I wanted to share some of my favorite entries as some of […]

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The Gateway Drug to Extreme Savings

June 10, 2019
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If there’s one thing us $$$ bloggers love more than money, it’s the chase of the money. And during this chase we like to get into all kinds of shenanigans which to the outside world seems “ridiculous” :) We do such things as: Cutting out cable Going on No Spend months Selling all our crap Moving into tiny homes Paying off our debts (*gasp*) Juggling […]

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The worst lullaby songs ever?

June 7, 2019
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Morning! This is going to be totally random, but caught myself humming some lullabies to my kids last night, and didn’t realize just HOW HORRIBLE some of the lyrics were! Wow! Here’s the first one that caught me by surprise, and it didn’t get much better as I went along, haha… Hush, Little Baby Hush, little baby, don’t say a word. Papa’s gonna buy you […]

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Are you ever frugal by accident?

June 6, 2019
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“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” – Jackie French Koller That’s one of my favorite quotes, but leaves out another path to wealth – growing rich by accident! :) Was thinking about all the things I do naturally that just happens to save money over time, and thought it would be fun […]

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From Monk to Money Manager

June 5, 2019
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Good morning friends!!! Have a really cool story to share with you today, but it’s a long one so make sure to tell all your bosses/clients you’ll be busy for a while and then grab yourself a nice cup of tea ;) It comes from Doug Lynam, a fellow monk turned money manager, and after stumbling across his story and asking him to share with […]

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